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Upholding a 'constitutional standard,' not a political one

Yesterday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) voiced his support for President Obama’s nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. In doing so, Graham signaled his disdain for blind opposition toward an opposing party’s judicial selections. He wondered aloud if political considerations had come to replace reasonable assessments of a candidate’s qualifications and character:

“‘The Constitution puts a requirement on me, as a senator, to not replace my judgment for the President’s,’ said Graham. ‘I’m not supposed to think of the 100 reasons I would pick somebody different. It puts upon me a standard that stood the test of time: Is the person qualified? Is it a person of good character? Are they someone that understands the difference between being a judge and a politician? And, quite frankly, I think she’s passed all those tests.

Read the full press release here.

2010-07-21 00:00:00

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