Judge Southwick shouldn’t feel that what’s happened to him is an isolated situation. In fact, Democrats have been playing this game going all the way back to the days of their attacks on Judge Robert Bork and Justice Clarence Thomas. Senate Democrats simply can’t stand judges who do right by the Constitution and ignore their political causes of the moment. So perversely, Judge Southwick should be honored by the attention Democrats are giving him.
Adding insult to the political web Democrats have spun is the fact that Judge Southwick has proudly served his country in Iraq, fulfilling his National Guard duty as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate from August 2004 to July 2005, and then as Staff Judge Advocate until January 2006. He also has served on the Mississippi Court of Appeals from that court’s very inception in January 1995 through December 2006. Prior to serving as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division, from 1989 to 1993, he was in a general civil private practice for 12 years. He’s taught law as an adjunct professor at Mississippi College School of Law since 1998. Even the American Bar Association, which often treats conservative judicial nominees unfairly, unanimously gave Judge Southwick the institution’s highest possible rating.
Former Senator Fred Thompson
hattip Majority In Mississippi