Souter! Souter!RML — By Evelyn Baker Lang on April 30, 2009 at 8:48 pm
This blog is founded upon the principal that two political opponents can come to the truth through intelligent (though heated!) conversation. We founded that idea on an episode of Aaron Sorkin’s “The West Wing” in which President Bartlett appoints both Evelyn Baker Lang and Christopher Mulready, a fierce liberal and conservative respectively, to the Court.
So, what do we think about the announcement that Justice Souter will step down in June? Who should Obama appoint to fill his seat? Will this be the beginning of a slew of retirements from the elderly liberal justices on the Court (because let’s face it, you know several of them were just hanging on until a Democrat was in the White House!)? Is ideological balance an ideal for the Court, or was Sorkin crazy? What’s more important: fierce ideological debate on the Court, or uniform ideology that accomplishes your judicial agenda? Which is more dangerous?
Let the debate begin!