The Next Supreme Court Justice

With Justice Souter announcing that he is stepping down President Obama will really get a chance to reflect his politically leanings. In speaking about the next justice he will select, President Obama has stated the following:

“I will seek someone who understands that justice isn’t about some abstract legal theory or footnote in a case book. It is also about how our laws affect the daily realities of people’s lives — whether they can make a living and care for their families; whether they feel safe in their homes and welcome in their own nation.

I view that quality of empathy, of understanding and identifying with people’s hopes and struggles as an essential ingredient for arriving as just decisions and outcomes”

Now President Obama did go on to say about also looking for someone that is “dedicated to the rule of law”, and several other things that would appear to be an attempt to satisfy conservatives, but he does add the qualifier that the person will share his (President Obama’s) respect for constitutional values.

In the first 100 days we have already seen what President Obama thinks of constitutional values. To him they are mearly a quaint idea that he won’t let get in his way of what he wants to do: attempt to move the court to the left. President Oabama probably won’t attempt to appoint someone that is way out to the left for fear of losing some Democratic support, but he will go as far as he think he is able.

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