In his remarks on March 14, Senator Hatch seemed to suggest that the Senate should not even consider the judicial philosophy or "ideology" of nominees. Yet Senator Hatch himself, in a 1997 speech to the Federalist Society, stated that the Senate should "ascertain the jurisprudential views a nominee will bring to the bench in order to prevent the confirmation of those who are likely to be judicial activists." And Senator Hatch chaired the Judiciary Committee from 1995 to 2000, when 35 percent of President Clinton's appellate court nominees were blocked without a single Senate vote.
Opposing The Confirmation of Charles W. Pickering, Sr. to The United States Court Of Appeals For The Fifth Circuit
Alberto Gonzales’ criticism of Priscilla Owen on the Texas Supreme Court bench covers her right-wing judicial activism on a wide range of issues
Ultra-Conservative Judicial Activism on Reproductive Choice, Civil Rights, Consumer Rights and Worker Rights Demonstrates That Owen Lets Personal Ideology Trump the Law
Read about what's at stake at the Supreme Court, should it tip further to the right. An excellent analysis by People For the American Way Foundation, of the issues and the ideology that could sweep through the High Court.