9 responses

  1. Ben In Oakland
    May 20, 2014

    Don’t leave out that his nomination was roundly praised by Little ricky Santorum, who knows a thing or two.

    But only one thing. Or possibly two.

  2. Jack
    May 20, 2014

    SO CRAZY:

    Pennsylvania Republican Chairman Rob Gleason decried the ruling.

    “Today, an activist judiciary has substituted its judgment in place of the law created by the elected representatives of Pennsylvania and has stifled the ongoing debate of people with differing points of view,” Gleason said.

  3. Chris McCoy
    May 20, 2014

    Sometimes I wonder if Conservatives understand what the Judicial Branch does, and why it exists. Do they not teach Article Three of the Constitution anymore?

    I have come to learn that “activist judge” has the meaning “A judge who ruled against the way I wanted.”

    Someone should ask Gleason, in public, if Brown stifled the ongoing debate of people with differing points of view.

  4. Victor
    May 21, 2014

    We all need to learn that there are no thoughtful discussions any more. Politics and public policy are simply competing memes intended to bolster one’s base by telling them what they already believe. For every action you can hear the click and hiss of the required pre-taped response. It is intended to plug that hole of doubt that opens up briefly in the minds of the listener with a cork to make sure no new thoughts enter. This is not discourse and it advances nothing… the pointless dance of political balkanization.

  5. John
    May 21, 2014

    Why is it that only liberals, or perceived liberals, get labelled as activist judges? Conservative judges these days have certainly done a lot to advance conservative causes. Being an activist does not connote one’s place on the political spectrum.

  6. Paul Douglas
    May 21, 2014

    If anyone is an activist judge its His Portliness Scalia or Uncle Clarence. Now those two are activist judges!

  7. Jack
    May 21, 2014

    Seemingly the only way the next GOP president will be able to guarantee ‘strict constructionist’, non-activist judges is by naturalizing Saudi Arabian clerics and appointing them to the federal bench.

  8. Chris McCoy
    May 21, 2014

    John wrote:

    Why is it that only liberals, or perceived liberals, get labelled as activist judges?

    Because the Liberals who would be upset over the rulings of Conservative Judges know that judicial action is not “activism”. I have never heard of a liberal using the “activist judge” allegation before.

    Even while many liberals decried and disagreed with the Supreme Court ruling against Affirmative Action in Minnesota, I did not see any liberals accuse the SCOTUS of judicial activism.

  9. ebohlman
    May 22, 2014

    I’ve seen some progressives refer to Citizens United and Kelo as “judicial activism”, but it’s not very common (and people of all political stripes used it with regard to Kelo, which appeared to anger everyone with strong political beliefs of any sort).

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