The Eagle editorial board shares the view of Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on U.S. Supreme Court nominations — that presidential elections matter, and that as long as a president’s nominees are highly qualified and don’t have some clear problem, they should be confirmed. That’s why the editorial board supported Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito and why, absent some new revelation, it supports nominee Sonia Sotomayor. As Graham noted during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Monday, the arguing over judicial nominations is mostly “about liberal and conservative politics” — not about qualifications and judicial record, which in Sotomayor’s case are both stellar. But it’s worth noting that this view was not shared by President Obama, who voted against Roberts and Alito when he was a U.S. senator.
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