Romney, the Judiciary and the Religious Right

Romney, the Judiciary and the Religious Right April 26, 2012

Now that he has the nomination all but sewn up, some theocons are still having trouble supporting Mitt Romney. But others are embracing him, even if not enthusiastically, because he promises to appoint judges to the bench that they approve of. Like Bork. Or Alito. On his radio show, David Barton made the case:

This has not been a hard thing for evangelicals to get over and support Romney and it shouldn’t be a hard thing. When Romney ran four years ago, he wasn’t my first choice but the reason I never got really worried about Romney was Jay Sekulow. And I tell you he has been very intimately involved in helping get folks like Alito and Roberts on the court. And four years ago, I heard that Sekulow is the guy that Romney has tapped to choose his judges and I said “that’s it.” I don’t have any trouble with Romney because Isaiah 1:26 tells me the righteousness of nation is determined, not by the legislature, but by its judges. And if Romney’s got folks like Sekulow picking his judges, I can live with that in a heartbeat.

Jordan Sekulow then joined the program and backed it up:

Sekulow: You’ve already got people who are long-time Romney supporters like my dad, who has argued thirteen cases before the Supreme Court and was very involved with President Bush – he was one of four people that were involved in the nomination process in the Bush White House – and so if you like Alito and Roberts, these are the kind of people. You have Judge Bork, who was filibustered by the Senate, voted down by the Senate actually, and he is on the Romney committee…

You want Kagan and Sotomayor, and I was at the Supreme Court during the ‘Obamacare’ oral arguments, you probably don’t want more of that, or do you want more Alito and Roberts? And he’s made those pledges; I think we need to come to the campaign say “alright, you made these pledges, we’re going to keep you honest to them and keep your feet to the fire.”

This is easily the best argument for voting for Obama. Another appointment to the Supreme Court by a Republican would be a disaster for decades to come.

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