(DAILY CALLER) – With the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, President Donald Trump has an opportunity to help shape the future of the Court and American jurisprudence. Trump is acting swiftly, with a pick expected by July 9, less than two weeks after Kennedy announced his retirement.
While Trump’s pick is uncertain, the field isn’t exactly "wide open." During his campaign two years ago, Trump and his advisors put together a list of potential nominees for the nation’s highest Court. He told the voters not only what type of justice he is looking for, but also named the group from whom those justices would be selected. This straightforward approach helped propel Trump to electoral victory, as he shored up his support with conservative voters who were hoping for a change in the judiciary.
This was a breath of fresh air for conservative voters. Frankly, we have seen more than our fair share of Republican nominees who were unknown commodities, or who drifted leftward once they were on the Court. Trump’s approach – naming the pool of potential nominees in advance – gave voters an opportunity to judge for themselves whether, as president, Trump would nominate the type of conservative jurists that we want. And what we are looking for is actually quite simple: Supreme Court justices who recognize that there are limitations to the Court’s role, that it is their job to interpret the law, but not to make law from the bench.
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