There was little doubt from the moment it was learned Justice Souter would be stepping down, that whoever the president chose to succeed him would become a target for Republicans wanting to make political points regarding the nominee, no matter who it turned out to be. All their favorite arguments were at the ready – – Democrats want to appoint “activist” judges, Republicans insist on strict constructionists of the Constitution, who will interpret not make law. The Senate minority claims it will act to protect the sanctity of The Court and ensure the probity of its decision-making process.
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