Along with other factors, it can't be denied that GOP foolishness on a number of issues helped them lose the last election. Some, who were so disgruntled with the President on immigration or the GOP's reaction to corruption, to name a few matters, may have helped the Democrats in several close races, by voting third party, or not voting at all.
My view, is that such actions are short-sighted as we can see in this news report.
A growing list of vacancies on the federal appeals court in Richmond is heightening concern among Republicans that one of the nation's most conservative and influential courts could soon come under moderate or even liberal control, Republicans and legal scholars say.
Republican concerns also are fueled by the pending Democratic takeover of Congress, as several of President Bush's 4th Circuit nominees were already bottled up in the Senate when Republicans ran it. From the GOP's perspective, the situation now will worsen.
Nan Aron, president of the liberal Alliance for Justice, said the new political landscape will force Bush to work closely with Democrats "to pick fair and open-minded judges who don't lean either to the right or the left" if he wants to get the administration's nominees confirmed. "If there were any way to appoint judges to move the 4th Circuit in a more moderate direction, that would be beneficial to both the circuit and to the country," she said.
Of course, what one considers not leaning to the right or left is very much affected by the position they start from. It's also hard not to see the "fair and open-minded judges" catch phrase as merely Orwellian Newspeak for judges who are not conservative. Much like the term Progressive being used by some who advocate left-wing politics. Sure sounds better than saying Socialism, considering the experience of many countries that implemented such policies in their economies and political systems.
Because of the change in Congress, we may see the Conservative trend in the judiciary, slowed as it was, completely derailed, or even reversed to some extent. I wonder how some will feel about their little temper tantrums aimed at the GOP now? It's not like they can easily change federal judges at the next election as they're appointed for life.
Perhaps it can now be seen that though we may have to grimace and grumble sometimes when we vote, we must not forget the long-term ramifications of our choices. If one wants to make a point, I read somewhere that primary voting is the best place to do so. As we can see, national elections can have unintended consequences. Hopefully, we won't see more such examples with another Supreme Court nomination.
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