April 5, 2013

The April 3 front-page article “Obama aims to shift D.C. Circuit” highlighted a presidential judicial nomination made for the wrong reason. Concerning President Obama’s nomination of Sri Srinivasan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the article stated, “Giving liberals a greater say on the D.C. Circuit is important for Obama as he looks for ways to circumvent the Republican-led House and a polarized Senate on a number of policy fronts through executive order and other administrative procedures.” It further quoted Constitutional Accountability Center President Doug Kendallsaying, “With legislative priorities gridlocked in Congress, the president’s best hope for advancing his agenda is through executive action, and that runs through the D.C. Circuit.”

Whatever happened to the separation-of-powers concept — namely, that a judiciary serves as a check on the executive branch, rather than an extension of it?

David Berry, Annandale

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