July 18, 2007
The Next President's Justices
Posted by Gordon Smith

Rudy is trying to convince conservatives that he is the genuine article by appointing a Justice Advisory Committee. According the press release, "Members will advise Rudy Giuliani on a wide range of legal and policy issues including judicial appointments, tort reform and reducing frivolous lawsuits in our country."

About those judicial appointments ... candidates want to precommit, so why don't they just do it? Why not say, "If elected, my first nominee to the Supreme Court would be Judge X"? Or, if that is too daring, how about providing a short list of candidates?

Well, I can think of a number of potential problems with these strategies, but as a voter, I would find this sort of disclosure much more valuable than a Justice Advisory Committee or a promise to look into an unnamed nominee's heart.

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