Friday, February 13, 2009

Palin could battle state Supreme Court picks


A total of six judges applied, but only two were elected by the Judicial Council, Eric Smith, considered very liberal, and Morgan Christen, who is viewed as more of a moderate. Christen and Smith were rated with scores of 4.3 and 4.5 out of a 5 point scale used to elect judges by the council.

The four other nominees scored between 3.7 and 2.4 and were not sent to Palin for consideration.

"The… lawyers control the process," the Web site GOP 12 laments.

Dan Fagan of the Alaska Standard wrote that the time has come for Palin to spend the political capital she acquired as the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008.

"She must demand more names from the Judicial Council." Fagan wrote. "Now that Palin is clearly trying to endear herself to the conservative base nationally, fighting for the justice she wants seems like a savvy play for her."

As a process for picking Alaska Supreme Court Judges, Fagan is right. His sentiment is correct on the process. But I don't think Palin has the political capital it would take to change the picking process by way of making changes to the Alaska constitution.

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