(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Thursday, July 25, 2002

Can't stop thinking about Justice Owen! Having gone back and read the opinions more carefully, I'm now almost convinced that then-Justice Gonzales was talking about Justice Owen, along with the other dissenters, in his jab about judicial activism. But it's still not the reason to vote against her confirmation. Nor, by the way, are campaign contributions the reason. The reason is the SUBSTANCE, not the now-meaningless label of "judicial activism" or the well-recognized problems with judicial elections. The substance is that she was the right-right-right wing of a Republican court, much more right wing than other Texas Republican judges. And that's not what the federal bench needs. Period.

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