Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Someone get Eleanor Clift a copy of the Constitution

Last night on the McLaughlin Group, Eleanor Clift had to be reminded by John MchLaughlin that the Supreme Court does not make the laws, it just interprets them (See: Article I, Section 1 and Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution).

Note: Previously posted on July 25 and updated with text of official transcript now available.

The transcript is now available on the show's web site here (search on the July 22, 2005 program). Here's the discussion in question:
MR. MCLAUGHLIN: Well, don't you think "settled law" means that he would think it would be unconscionable to be activist in trying to overturn Roe v. Wade?

MS. CLIFT: But the forum in which he said that was to be appointed to a court where you don't make law, you just interpret law. Now, he's going to the Supreme Court, where you do make law. So it's a very different situation.

MR. MCLAUGHLIN: Well, the Supreme Court interprets the law, according to the legislature and the Constitution.


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