Carol Platt Liebau: Appoint New Judges, Don't Threaten the Old Ones

Friday, April 22, 2005

Appoint New Judges, Don't Threaten the Old Ones

That, as I take it, is the message of Charles Krauthammer's column today -- and his point is well-taken. Ted Olson is also concerned with the tenor of some of the conversation about judges.

Democrats are planning to try to convince America that Republicans are engaging routinely in "abuse of power" (see here and here). Overheated rhetoric from our side about impeaching judges and the like will simply play into their hands -- particularly considering the help they get from their friends in the MSM.

Rather, we should be drawing the distinction that Dr. Krauthammer does. We may disagree with a lot of what the current judges do. But the solution isn't to impeach them -- it's to get new judges appointed. And we should be directing our energies toward making sure that Democrats don't resort to unprecedented and illegitimate means (like the filibuster) to prevent mainstream judges with majority support from taking their places on the bench.


Blogger jchess said...

Keep something else in mind: Democratic judges tend to 'interpret' the law, making them activists, while Republican judges tend to 'read' the law, making them traditionalists.

James C. Hess

7:22 AM  

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