Mike Fisher was the GOP candidate for Pa. Gov. back in 2002. Despite pre-election media “polls” alleging he would lose by 15-20 points, when the ballots (and the Democrat ghost, felon and multiple votes) actually were counted, Fisher put in a decent showing. He took 45% of the vote to “Fast Eddie” Rendell’s 53%.
Before running for governor, Fisher had a long career as a criminal prosecutor and a Republican state legislator, along with a stint as the attorney general of the Keystone State.
Mike Fisher has been a federal appeals court judge for the last two years.
The Senate confirmed Fisher to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals – on which Sam Alito also happened to sit – back in Dec. 2003. With no opposition. By voice vote.
Of course, that was back when the angry left was screaming and shouting about Bush, Saddam, Iraq, the economy, oil prices, and Gitmo, so perhaps everybody was distracted, no?
Wait a minute.
Waaait a minute.
The angry left *still* is screaming about those things. And nervous and non-voting conservatives *still* are keeping them in business by tuning in and subscribing.
In any event, I decided to surf the Net to see how Judge Fisher was panning out.
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In this case, Judge Fisher threw out a plea by a foreign national to reverse the denial of his request for asylum and to prevent deportation. Meaning the claimant was ordered removed from the country.
Here a panel including Judge Fisher smacked around a crime-bot and dismissed his appeal of an order in which he got hammered on good time credits for his criminal sentence and resulting stay at Club Fed.
In this case, Judge Fisher threw out an appeal by a claimant whose request for SSI and federal disability benefits had been denied.
Here Judge Fisher threw out a claim for breach of contract and so-called “bad faith” against a liability insurance company.
In this case, Judge Fisher upheld the dismissal of a multi-plaintiff lawsuit against a local school district in connection with constitutional claims related to a survey of its students’ lives and experiences. It’s a complicated case with a multitude of issues, several of which revolve around the so-called “constitutional right to privacy.”
Just before having to acknowledge U.S. Supreme Court cases in which rights to privacy have been found (many people including yours truly would say “invented"), Judge Fisher made a comment that speaks at high volumes about one of his core judicial philosphies:
The United States Constitution does not mention an explicit right to privacy and the United States Supreme Court has never proclaimed that such a generalized right exists.
I could go on and on, but I’ll stop right there.
Mike Fisher is 61 years old.
He’s likely to remain on the bench – deporting people, throwing out claims for public-money disability benefits, tossing lawsuits against insurers, beating down crime-bots, and being a solid constructionist on statutory and constitutional issues – for two decades or even more.-- Jayson