I had written a blog about this article on Obama’s views on the constitution in light of the likelyhood that the next President might be able to appoint two or even more Supreme Court Justices. Technological trouble made the text disappear and given that I’ve caught quite a cold, I won’t bother to write it again. Still, I do recommend the article. A little snippet below.
Although Obama has served in the Senate for barely three years, he has already established a record on judicial nominations and constitutional law that comports with his 2007 ranking by the National Journal as the most liberal of all 100 senators. Obama voted against the confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, and he even joined in the effort to filibuster the Alito nomination. In explaining his vote against Roberts, Obama opined that deciding the “truly difficult” cases requires resort to “one’s deepest values, one’s core concerns, one’s broader perspectives on how the world works, and the depth and breadth of one’s empathy.” In short, “the critical ingredient is supplied by what is in the judge’s heart.”