During his introductory remarks at a rally for Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) this morning, Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) warned that Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) would nominate judges who empathize with “the gay.” Misrepresenting Obama’s stated views on judicial nominations, Bond proclaimed:
Just this past week, we saw what Barack Obama said about judges. He said, ‘I’m tired of these judges who want to follow what the Founding Fathers said and the Constitution. I want judges who have a heart, have an empathy for the teenage mom, the minority, the gay, the disabled.’ … He thinks this country should be a government—not a government of laws, but a government of compassion and empathy, not of laws.
In fact, in discussing judicial nominations, Obama’s references to “empathy” only suggest that he would seek individuals who were not tainted by the “culture wars” of the 1990s:
We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old. … I am absolutely convinced that Culture Wars are just so ’90s. Their days are growing dark.