A new article in the York Daily Record about Judge Jones and how he’s handled the aftermath of the Dover decision (okay, it’s a few days old, but I just found out about it from Burt Humburg, and yes I’ve informed him that he really should be more on the ball and get me this information sooner). I particularly liked two quotes. The first:
On Thursday night’s “Smart Talk,” however, Jones characterized his judicial decisions as circumscribed by narrow parameters based on precedent and the law. And if that brings criticism from the “punditry,” Jones said, it just goes with the job.
“They would have you believe that we take a look at our benefactors politically, or we take a look at our party affiliation,” he said. “That’s simply not the way judges work.”
But in fact, they not only believed that judges do that, they were openly rooting for this particular judge to do that. When Jones was announced as the judge, the ID side practically threw a party. How could it be better? They got a conservative Christian judge, appointed by Bush and beholden for his judicial career to Tom Ridge and Rick Santorum. They not only expected him to vote based on their benefactors and party affiliation, they rooted for him to do so. Let’s roll the tape and stop on…..DaveScot:
Judge John E. Jones on the other hand is a good old boy brought up through the conservative ranks. He was state attorney for D.A.R.E, an Assistant Scout Master with extensively involved with local and national Boy Scouts of America, political buddy of Governor Tom Ridge (who in turn is deep in George W. Bush’s circle of power), and finally was appointed by GW hisself. Senator Rick Santorum is a Pennsylvanian in the same circles (author of the “Santorum Language” that encourages schools to teach the controversy) and last but far from least, George W. Bush hisself drove a stake in the ground saying teach the controversy. Unless Judge Jones wants to cut his career off at the knees he isn’t going to rule against the wishes of his political allies.
Davey boy wanted Jones to ignore the legal and factual issues and vote solely on his allegiance to Santorum and Bush, and when he didn’t get that kind of corrupt decision, he promptly accused him of making a corrupt decision! What makes this even funnier is that we’re always hearing from conservatives about how “outcomes based” anything is bad – outcomes based education, outcomes based judging, and so forth. But it’s patently obvious that they rest their entire judgement on outcomes.
If they don’t like the outcome of a case, then the plaintiffs shouldn’t have their legal fees paid by the government; if they do like the outcome, then of course their legal fees should be paid by the government. If they don’t like the outcome of a case where the courts overturn a legislative statute, then by god it was those damned “activist judges” out to “undermine the will of the people”; when they do like the outcome of such a case – hey, who said anything about the will of the people? It’s all quite amusing to watch.
One of Jones’ most ridiculous critics, of course, is Ann Coulter. Here’s what Judge Jones had to say about her:
“We have to suffer these arrows because people will disagree with our opinions … She foments a kind of civic stupidity in my opinion.”
Does she ever.