1.31.2008

GOP Debate, On Sandra Day O'Connor

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Responses, toward the end, on whether or not Justice O'Connor was the right choice for the U.S. Supreme Court:

Huckabee: No real answer other than that he's pro-life.
Ron Paul: No.
McCain: Proud of her, but gives a different set of ideal judges.
Romney: No.

Interesting to see that both McCain and Romney held up Roberts and Alito as their standard for judicial appointments, rather than the old Republican standard of Scalia and Thomas.

Also interesting...Rehnquist is never used as a candidate's role model or example of being "too soft" or insufficiently textual.

It would be refreshing to hear more in-depth answers from candidates on their preferences for judicial philosophy and methodology, something that reflected an understanding built on greater depth and nuance.