Chip Pickering

On April 18, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the nationwide ban on partial birth abortions passed by Congress in 2003. The closely divided decision illustrates the importance of nominating the correct individuals to the Court, and the enduring legacy of a President when the Senate confirms those nominees.

We need a President who can be a commander-in-chief in war; a chief executive in government operations; and a leader dedicated to our conservative values and policies of fiscal restraint. We also need a President to choose judicial nominees who will return the courts to the vision of the Constitution, and a President who can achieve their confirmations.

John McCain's record demonstrates his commitment to judges who apply the Constitution to laws and do not attempt to legislate from the bench. John McCain's actions reveal a leader who understands the politics of results in which we hold to our values, accomplish our objectives, and achieve our goals effectively.

The 24-year consistent pro-life record of John McCain, and his support for a reversal of Roe v. Wade, comports with many conservatives around the country who detest abortion. In the case of the federal courts, he goes beyond his own ideology to that of Constitutional fidelity. He believes judges should interpret laws and not make them. He believes we are a nation of laws and not of men, even if they are judges. He believes an activist judiciary jeopardizes our balance of power, rule of law, and democratic system. When we have activist judges, we see the unconstitutional creation of laws and rights like in Roe v. Wade. When we have judges bound by the Constitution, we see rulings like this one to uphold the ban on partial-birth abortions: a ban passed by our nation's legislature representing the wishes of the American people.

Before persons of intellect, experience, competence, and Constitutional fidelity can make these rulings, the Senate first must confirm them. Picking the best nominee does not guarantee a successful confirmation. So we need a President who will choose his nominees wisely, but also have the ability to see that nominee confirmed in the Senate.

Democrats (and the special interest groups pulling their strings) decided early during George W. Bush's administration they would delay, obstruct, block and ultimately filibuster nominees they opposed on ideological grounds. These actions cost the Democrats dearly in the 2002 and 2004 elections, and in the end, we confirmed many of those they blocked anyway. We owe in part these successes to the efforts of Senator John McCain.

Chip Pickering

Six-term Congressman Chip Pickering serves as Mississippi State Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Southern Region for McCain 2008. He was Mississippi co-chairman in 2000 and 2004 for Bush for President.

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