That was 2008 Republican presidential contender Rudolph W. Giuliani addressing the Federalist Society in the town on Nov. 16, and whereas the leading Democratic contenders for the White House are busy trying to differentiate among themselves, the former New York mayor is seeing clones.
“I’m going to give you 200 reasons why the next election is really important. It’s the 200 federal judges that the next president [. . .] will likely appoint over four years in the White House,” Mr. Giuliani said. “If a president is elected who has the kind of thinking of a Hillary Clinton or a Barack Obama or a John Edwards — and I don’t think there’s much distinction there — I think you’re going to see [. . .] judges who will be activists in the sense of trying to legislate their social policy through judicial interpretation.”
And where would these judges have acquired their social activism?
“For many years, law schools, too many of them, had been confusing constitutional law with sociology. And there is a big difference between constitutional law and sociology,” Mr. Giuliani said.