Who needs Judges interested in justice? Not John McCain.
In a speech a Wake Forest University today, McCain once again proved that he is no maverick or free thinker. He has just continued his pander-tics tour for the religious right.
In his speech, McCain promised to appoint judges who are in the mold of Roberts and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, saying: "They would serve as the model for my own nominees if that responsibility falls to me."
McCain also said that he would find judges who "will understand that there are clear limits to the scope of judicial power", meaning he would find judges who would continue to kowtow to Presidential authority instead of providing a check and balance as they are supposed to.
We cannot lose sight of the fact that the judiciary's role is to make sure to protect the rights of the minority from the tyranny and prejudices of the majority. McCain would seek to continue the Republican plan to make the Presidency a dictatorship that answers to no one and enshrine religious views into the fabric of our country.
The next president could see as many as three (Stevens, Kennedy, and Ginsburg) Supreme Court seats open up. The balance of the court is already leaning towards conservative regressionism, so any new appointments and replacements must not be put in place by McCain.
He would also be in charge of naming federal court judges. I think McCain says it best himself: "It will fall to the next president to nominate hundreds of qualified men and women to the federal courts and the choices we make will reach far into the future." Far reaching choices indeed.
His pandering isn't just courting the conservative votes he needs to get elected. It is selling out our country to religious zealots. The debt he is incurring from the religious right will come due when it is time to name new judges.