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For serious political hacks, the real importance of the next couple of presidential terms is not the same as the average voter’s concerns. For them, the whole thing revolves around SCOTUS appointments. ~sekanblogger
At a speech this year, Chief Justice John Roberts pointed out that for the first time in history, every single Supreme Court Justice came directly from a federal circuit court. He argued that this was something to be celebrated, but his appraisal isn’t just suspect; it’s perfectly in line with his aggressively conservative judicial agenda.
At his confirmation hearing, Roberts famously compared the job of a judge to that of a baseball umpire. Measure the strike zone, then decide whether the pitches wander beyond it. In his vision, the ideal judge is little more than a technician, coldly dividing the world into balls and strikes.
If that’s the case, then there’s no better training for being a judge than … being a judge. After all, an umpire’s eye only improves with practice, so why not the same for a Chief Justice? Continue reading