Saturday, October 08, 2005

READ IT AND WEEP Here's former Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN), who the White House has asked to shepherd Harriet Miers through the confirmation process:
If great intellectual powerhouse is a qualification to be a member of the court and represent the American people and the wishes of the American people and to interpret the Constitution, then I think we have a court so skewed on the intellectual side that we may not be getting representation of America as a whole.
For the record: CONTRAPOSITIVE is ready to go out on a limb in support of the use of intellectual firepower as a factor in the selection of Supreme Court nominees.

And, note to Coats: The role of the Supreme Court in our system is not to represent the "wishes of the American people."

In fact, I'm pretty sure that approach to judicial decision-making would fall under the category of legislating from the bench...

CONTRAPOSITIVE is edited by Dan Aibel. Dan's a playwright. He lives in New York City.