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A Supreme Court Litmus? Obama thinks so

President Obama may be picking a Supreme Court Justice for life, but will he choose someone in favor of it? The administration answered that question yesterday when reporters asked how the White House planned to replace Justice John Stevens. Without hesitation, President Obama made it abundantly clear that whomever he selects will be no friend to the unborn. During a meeting with Republican and Democratic leaders, the President promised that he “would take into account a candidate’s views on the constitutionality of abortion… “I am somebody who believes that women should have the ability to make often very difficult decisions about their bodies and the issues of reproduction,” he told the Washington Post.

That said, he insisted the life issue isn’t a deciding one. “I will say the same thing that every President has said since this issue came up, which is: I don’t have litmus tests around any of these issues. But I will say that I want somebody who is going to be interpreting our Constitution in a way that takes into account individual rights, and that includes women’s rights.”

Technically, the President is right; he won’t use a litmus test. That implies he would base his decision on one factor, when this White House will be more inclined to use several, including the nominees’ level of gay-friendliness, anti-Americanism, anti-constitutionalism, empathy, and disregard for faith in public life. With mid-term elections breathing down its neck, the White House is hoping to put this process in the express lane and finalize things by early summer. Republicans may have something to say about that, particularly if the President nominates an extreme ideologue to compliment his far left administration. Interestingly enough, Democrats are lobbying the White House to select someone outside of the judicial mainstream, perhaps to help avoid the scrutiny over prior opinions. It would also give President Obama an opportunity to plant a liberal activist on the court who would be potent on the bench but palatable in the confirmation process.

Meanwhile, Americans have their own ideas about who the President should or shouldn’t nominate. A new Fox News poll shows that the majority of Americans (52%) want the President to nominate someone who is “more of a conservative,” compared to just 29% who are hoping for “more of a liberal.” Fifty-two percent also told the Rasmussen Report that they believe experience is more important than diversity–a view that our President doesn’t share. Of course, a majority of them have come to realize the White House doesn’t care what they think. Forty-six percent said that they expect President Obama’s nominee to be “too liberal”

via A Litmus Test by Another Name… – Trash – Yahoo! Mail.

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