Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Lost Opportunity

Here's what Thomas Sowell thinks about the compromise in the Senate over filibustering judges:

"If it was just the Republican Party that lost in this confrontation, that would be a minor partisan matter. What is of major importance is that the American people lost a golden opportunity that may not come again in this generation.

That opportunity is -- or was -- to set in concrete both the Senate's right to vote on judicial nominees and the American people's right to govern themselves, instead of being ruled by judges who increasingly take decisions out of the hands of elected officials and impose their own personal policy preferences."

4 Comments:

Blogger Ignatius Loyola said...

John, after reading the last line of his article, I wonder if Sowell has any idea which president it was who nominated the "wobbly" Justice O'Connor to the Supreme Court, or the partisan composition (53-47) of the Senate to whom her 1981 nomination -- first term, following a near-landslide -- was sent and approved by a 99-0 vote.

3:49 AM  
Blogger John Coumarianos said...

Are we holding Ronald Reagan up to some unattainable standard of perfection or making political arguments?

11:46 PM  
Blogger Ignatius Loyola said...

I would say that Sowell is the one advancing the unattainable standard of perfection, and publishing columns about it. The "trend" of which he complains is now fifty years old. At some point one needs to abandon "unattainable standards of perfection" for what is -- and has been, by one's own party's best presidents -- realizable, and cease the juvenile judicial eschatology used to rile up the Dr. Dobsons of the world.

3:22 AM  
Blogger John Coumarianos said...

Juvenile judicial eschatology or constitutionalism? It's true, Republicans are the reformers or even "radicals", but what does their abandoning the status quo amount to?

Additionally, if you wonder whether Sowell remembers who picked the wobbly O'Connor, I wonder whether you remember who picked Scalia. Why shouldn't we fight for other such picks?

12:45 PM  

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