This is no time for a new Justice

The Virginia Gazette

This year's Presidential election has taken on an even greater importance with the passing of one of the most respected and arduous defenders of the Constitution, Justice Scalia. The court has been ideologically balanced over recent years and this balance should continue. Justice Scalia was a conservative appointed by President Reagan, and the next Supreme Court justice should subscribe to a similar judicial philosophy.

President Obama wants to move the Supreme Court dramatically to the left to cement his liberal legacy for decades into the future, and Merrick Garland has been called the ideal judge to do that. Confirming Judge Garland would create the most liberal Supreme Court in a generation.

Democrats' willingness to cast aside nearly a century of precedent only exposes how eager they are to advance the political agenda of a lame duck President. As Vice President Biden said years ago, the Supreme Court is perfectly capable of functioning with 8 members. Voters should have their say in November before a new justice is appointed.

For more than 80 years, there has not been a nomination and confirmation of a Supreme Court justice in a presidential election year. I agree with Vice President Biden, and now is not the time to break with this bipartisan practice.

Dorothy D. Bayford


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