Questions 21-23 Revisited  

Monday, May 21, 2007

I did think of something just a few minutes ago while I was going over the "look and feel" of the page. It had to do with this post from last week. "Grumpy Old Fart" had basically called this questionnaire, given to Idaho judges who were all seeking appointments "political". Most of the questions dealt with the knowledge each respondent had with regard to the Idaho Constitution itself, and a few (questions 21-23 in particular) dealt with the philosophy of the candidate.

I wondered how "GOF" might feel if the same questionnaire were presented not by a conservative group (allegedly to weed out liberals), but rather by a liberal group (allegedly to weed out conservatives). In other words, what would an IMPARTIAL observer say about the answers to these three questions??

21. Which one of the current or recent U.S. Supreme Court Justices most reflects your judicial philosophy?

___ Ginsburg

___ O’Connor

­­___ Kennedy

___ Scalia

___ Other ___________________________
I think a liberal would call this question (as I, a conservative did) HIGHLY RELEVANT. After all, wouldn't a liberal want to know if the judge seeking appointment were more aligned with Ginsberg or Scalia? Wouldn't a liberal hope that the judge being appointed would be more Ginsberg-like, just as a conservative would want someone more Scalia-like? HIGHLY RELEVANT - to BOTH sides.
22. Rate your judicial philosophy on a scale of 1-10 when approaching the constitution, with "living document" being a 1 and "strict constructionist" being a 10.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Again, your "living document" liberals and your "strict constructionist" conservatives are both going to find this question EQUALLY RELEVANT. After all, if you advocate the "living document" philosophy, you are going to try for judges who think the same way, aren't you?
23. Which of the following former U.S. Presidents best represents your political philosophy?

___ Jimmy Carter

___ Ronald Reagan

___ Bill Clinton

___ George W. Bush

___ Other ___________________________
I had to laugh when I saw this one ... Jimmy Carter?? Exactly whose political philosophy does he represent? HAHA Same for W. These two are the poster boys for the "smile and kiss ass" ideology that the rest of Washington exploits day in and day out. Your choices are socialist Clinton, or patriot Reagan. Let's face it. A liberal wants the answer to that question, too. Again, HIGHLY RELEVANT to BOTH sides.

Exactly what that grumpy old fart was talking about, I'm not sure. Maybe he just has it in for WorldNetDaily and conservative organizations who aren't afraid to ask important questions.