First he pushes Sotomayor into the Supreme Court, now he’s going to get a radical in the Chicago (go figure) Circuit Court of Appeals.
……Judge David F. Hamilton……who would sit on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago if confirmed, has said his decisions as a federal judge can “amend” the U.S. Constitution by adding “footnotes” to it.
At the 2003 dedication of a U.S. courthouse in Indiana named after former Sen. Birch Bayh (D-Ind.), Hamilton quoted someone else’s comment that judges write “footnotes.”
He told the audience: “Let’s start with the Constitution. Judge S. Hugh Dillin of this court has said that part of our job here as judges is to write a series of footnotes to the Constitution. We all do that every year in cases large and small.”
That judicial philosophy led Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee to question Hamilton at a rare second hearing on his nomination, held on April 29.
When Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) asked Hamilton what he meant by the statement, the judge told the senator: “(A)t least to me, the concept of a footnote implies what we’re trying to do is not something new but work out the details of how those principles apply to the new situations.”
But in an Oct. 30 letter to his colleagues, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the Judiciary Committee’s ranking Republican, said that Hamilton, in written answers to follow-up questions submitted by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), had explained that making so-called footnotes to the Constitution was another means of amendment.
This judicial jackass is demonstrating the same hubris shown by Sotomayor. She thinks judges “make law” too.
By the way, Hamilton is the same jerk who had “sectarian” prayers invoking the name of Christ thrown out of the Indiana House of Representatives, but decided it’s “not sectarian” for a muslim imam to offer a prayer to “Allah”.
He was silent on the sectarian crap pulled by an imam at a 2007 DNC convention.
And by an imam in front of the Texas state Senate:
He was a board member of the Indiana chapter of the ACLU, and a former ACORN fundraiser. He struck down a law requiring convicted sex criminals from reporting information to police to track their whereabouts, and he also petitioned the White House for clemency for a police officer who produced child pornography.
This mutherfucker is so leftwing he makes Vladimir Lenin look Republican.
Speaking of Republicans, ten of them voted to end the debate over the appointment of this moron:
Sens. Saxby Chambliss (Georgia), Susan Collins (Maine), Olympia Snowe (Maine), John Cornyn (Texas), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Richard Lugar (Indiana), Lamar Alexander (Tennessee), Judd Gregg (New Hampshire), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and John Thune (South Dakota).
They need to get an earful from their constituents.
I don’t know what was going through their heads, but if they had any knowledge of Hamilton’s track record, they had no business voting the way they did. Any Republican who votes against a fillibuster over the likes of Hamilton needs to get beaten with a cluebat.