My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


You Make The Comparison 

Aristotle: The Law is reason, free from passion.

Obama: I will seek someone who understands that justice isn't about some abstract legal theory or footnote in a case book. It is also about how our laws affect the daily realities of people's lives. I view that quality of empathy, of understanding and identifying with people's hopes and struggles as an essential ingredient for arriving at just decisions and outcomes.

Personally, regardless of his own opinion of himself, or the press's, I'll still take Aristotle mind over that of our new President's.

What really frightens me is the criteria that the President has laid out for his nominee: experiences outside of law, someone who has a connection with ordinary people, someone who has "empathy."

Sound like anyone you know? Who is the most empathetic person on the public American scene? Who is famous for "feeling you pain?"

I'm not saying with this nomination, but Obama will get to replace Ginsberg and Stevens at some point in his term. And if the Republicans can't find their voice and mount a credible opposition , at some point the Dems won't even have to ask permission. They'll just be able to print the letterhead:

Justice William Jefferson Clinton.

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