(The Family Leader) -- In a blog post released Wednesday, President Obama offered what he called “spoiler-free insights” into who he will nominate to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a stalwart constitutionalist, on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Only, there are some spoilers in the post, and what they reveal is troubling.
President Obama lists three criteria he says he will use in evaluating potential nominees. The first, that the candidate be “eminently qualified” with “a sterling record” of “excellence and integrity,” is exemplary. A bit vague, but commendable.
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The second criterion, someone “who recognizes the limits of the judiciary’s role; who understands that a judge’s job is to interpret the law, not make the law” is almost right. The judge’s job is to apply the law, not come up with new “interpretations” according to some modern understanding, yet Obama is exactly right that the judiciary’s role is limited and absolutely excludes making laws.