Frank Apisa wrote:
all you will get with Christie as president is more Scalia's and more Thomas'.
I wish. I can see myself supporting a candidate who credibly pledges to appoint honest-to-Bork originalists. But originalism, if practiced honestly, isn't actually that
predictably conservative. (Scalia, for example, was the fifth vote in the case protecting flag-burning as speech and consistently upholds defendants' rights under the Sixth Amendment's confrontation clause.) Which is why George Bush Jr's appointees, Roberts and Alito, are not
originalists. In their opinions, they stroke their chins pretending to deliberate on some narrowly pragmatic matter, blind the lay reader with technicalities, and in the end always
come out in favor of corporations over workers, prosecutors over defendants, The Man over ordinary citizens. That's the kind of justice I think Christie would appoint, and that's where I draw the line.