Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Boston Globe

I thought I might have found a rare instance of agreement with Jeff Jacoby, when I began reading his column critiquing John McCain's recent bout of judge-bashing. Jacoby is right to note that the judiciary is charged with the constitutionally critical task of protecting individual rights from the tyranny of political majorities.

And yet his argument goes off the rails midway through his piece. After citing several instances in which judges have failed to invalidate the political branches' incursions on campaign financing and gun and property rights, Jacoby sweepingly declares "liberal judicial activism" to be "a blight on the landscape." And so we finally arrive at the crux of it: liberal judges are poisoning the nation, but conservative judges just aren't activist enough.