When Pastor Rick Warren asked Senator John McCain to name his least favorite current U.S. Supreme Court justices it seemed that he was picking on the Jewish members of our highest court.
Eric Fingerhut of JTA summed up the situation well in his article titled, "Presidential forum highlights divergent views on Supreme Court."
When Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was asked Saturday night which member of the U.S. Supreme Court he would not have nominated, the Republican presidential candidate didn't just name his least favorite justice.
He picked four -- the group commonly identified as the more liberal wing of the court, including the two Jewish justices, Ruth Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer -- citing their "legislating from the bench."
McCain's answer at the Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency -- an event in a Lake Forest, Calif., church aimed at evangelicals -- bothered some Jewish activists.
The issue isn’t that McCain would have wiped out Jewish representation on the court, but rather that he would have eliminated a whole worldview from the justices' deliberations. And, Jewish communal observers say, the clear contrast the candidates drew on judicial nominees could lead to the issue taking on a higher profile in the campaign.
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Jewish Democrats are promising to play up McCain’s answer about the justices.
"It summarizes the stakes of the election," said Ira Forman, executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council.