‘Term limits and regular elections make them more responsive to popular sentiment than their federal counterparts…’
(Quin Hillyer, Liberty Headlines) The Left always blasts Republican judicial nominees for allegedly having “agendas”—but apparently it’s not just OK for courts to have agendas if they’re liberal, it’s actually very desirable.
Witness a column out Wednesday in one-time liberal flagship publication The New Republic.
Reviving the old, progressive notion that the courts should not merely apply existing law but instead be agents of leftist social change, columnist Matt Ford’s headline says it boldly: “Can State Courts Save the Liberal Agenda?”
Apparently assuming (without much evidence) that public opinion favors leftist values, and assuming that judges are supposed to implement popular sentiment rather than follow the law, Ford writes with hope that for state courts, “term limits and regular elections make them more responsive to popular sentiment than their federal counterparts.”
Again exhibiting the belief that courts, rather than legislators, should be agents of change, Ford approvingly quotes Michigan Supreme Court candidate Samuel Bagenstos, a former top assistant to radical Obama Justice Department honchos Eric Holder and Tom Perez, to this effect: “The state courts are going to be a place where we’re going to be fighting about all of the issues that are important to people’s liberty, people’s equality.”
Ford notes, with relish, that state Supreme Court races are hot across the country this year:
“In Texas, three seats on the Supreme Court are also on the ballot, and if a single Democrat is elected, he or she would be the first liberal to sit on the court in 24 years. Two Democratic candidates for seats on Ohio’s Supreme Court could provide a vocal liberal minority to challenge conservative rulings on alleged voter suppression and gerrymandering. And in April, Wisconsin elected Rebecca Dallet, a candidate backed by state Democrats, to its Supreme Court, which until now has consistently ruled in favor of Republican Governor Scott Walker’s agenda on such issues as public-sector unions and his own recall election.”
The goal, Ford openly writes, is to “pursue a liberal legal agenda,” including expanded illegal immigration; fewer restrictions on abortion; liberal environmental and labor policies; and looser laws against vote fraud.
In all, reports Ballotpedia, “Thirty-two states will hold state supreme court elections in 2018. In total, 68 of the 344 seats on state supreme courts are up for election.”