Monday, July 21, 2008

Some Legal Activists Have Hearts Set on 'True Liberal'

Patrick McIlheran observed there's No one here but us Scalias. Robert Barnes and Kevin Merida, with Alice Crites and Madonna Lebling, reported in yesterday's Washington Post
It could be seen as the sincerest form of flattery: Ask some activists on the left the kind of Supreme Court justice they would like to see a President Obama appoint, and the name you hear most is the same justice they most often denounce. They want their own Antonin Scalia.


"Someone with vision," said Doug Kendall, who recently helped found a new liberal think tank called the Constitutional Accountability Center. "Someone who looks hard at the text and history of the Constitution, as Justice Scalia does, and articulates a very clear idea of how that text points to liberal and progressive outcomes."


Cass R. Sunstein, an informal Obama adviser now at Harvard Law School, last year instigated the debate by lamenting the "absence of anything like a heroic vision on the court's left" to counteract Scalia and Justice Clarence Thomas.


Christopher L. Eisgruber, provost at Princeton University and author of a book about Supreme Court nominations titled "The Next Justice," said liberal activists seemed split between "breaking the mold a little between liberals and conservatives" and putting "somebody in the opposite corner in the boxing ring with Antonin Scalia."

(via Matthew J. Franck at Bench Memos)

Justice Scalia was the keynote speaker at our chapter's February 23, 2006 event on "The Legacy of the Rehnquist Court".