President Obama has announced his first judicial nominee.
Obama nominated David F. Hamilton of Indiana, for the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Judge Hamilton, who was appointed by President Clinton in 1994, is the nephew of former Indiana Democrat Representative Lee Hamilton.
I don't know anything about Judge Hamilton except what I read in the papers. The New York Times calls Judge Hamilton a "moderate." That means Liberal like him and Conservatives should have concerns about some of Hamilton's rulings, not to mention his "advocacy" with the Indiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union:
In 2005, Hamilton ordered the Indiana House of Representatives to avoid mentioning Jesus Christ by name or using terms such as "savior" during official prayers because they were "systematically sectarian" and therefore unconstitutional. A federal appeals court later reversed him on a technicality.
In 2003, he struck down part of an Indiana law requiring abortion clinics to give women information about alternatives to abortion. That decision also was overturned.
Those rulings are probably why Obama claims Hamilton is "fair and judicious."
Regardless of how "moderate" Judge Hamilton is considered, it is troubling that Obama is telegraphing his future nominees will be "more ideologically provocative."
Even though the Obama administration is "eager" to move past the confirmation wars, the White House reassured Liberals that Obama's call for bipartisanship doesn't mean he won't appoint liberal judges:
More troubling, is the fact that Hamilton has worked, albeit briefly, as a fundraiser for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, more commonly known "ACORN." The "community organizers" infamous for fraudulent voter registration and helping to bring about the financial crisis. Sounds like a real "moderate." Just wait until Obama nominates judges from some of those "other locations" on his "ideological spectrum."