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Slade Gorton
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Slade Gorton

A former U.S. Senator and Washington State Attorney General, Slade Gorton served on the 9/11 Commission.

Objective Interpretation

For an elected official, personal history is not only appropriate, but vital. It's used by the official in his or her campaign and weighed by the voters. It would be wrong to hide or distort it.

For a prospective judge, the question rates a somewhat different answer. Of course, the public is interested, but the job of the judge or justice is to interpret the law and the Constitution in an objective fashion. To say that the nominee will do so differently may well be true, but is not something the nominee should boast about-it is something that he or she should make a major effort to overcome.

By Slade Gorton

 |  June 9, 2009; 5:52 PM ET
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