Thursday, July 28, 2005

The Hunt

Molly Ivins, in her latest article, expresses dismay that Roberts may actually have some opinions. Apparently the fact that he belongs to the Federalist society (a conservative organization) is enough to convince her that he doesn't belong on the bench.
My first reaction to Roberts was: "Sounds like that's about as good as we can get. Quick, affirm him before they nominate Bork, Bolton or Pinochet." A conservative with good manners and no known nutball decisions or statements on his record? Hey, take him. At least he's not (whew!) a member of the Federalist Society.

No such luck. Cornyn, who I would have sworn is not this stupid, apparently signed off on having the nominee "forget" he was a member of the Federalist Society, and Roberts obliged, which is strange considering his reputation for brilliance and a spectacular memory.

Turns out the guy is listed in the society's 1997-98 "Leadership Directory" as a member of its steering committee in Washington. How many steering committees have you been on that you've forgotten about?
Well, I certainly agree that it was foolish of Cornyn and Roberts to try and hide his allegiance to the Federalist Society. That said, I can understand why they would, given the DISDAIN the Liberal and the media elite have for conservatism.

Sometimes smart mouth liberals will note that Conservatives control the Congress, the Presidency, and soon the Supreme Court. Usually I just respond by noting that REPUBLICANS are not the same as CONSERVATIVES. There is some overlap, but not as much as you would think.

But to a larger extent the argument misses how completely Liberals control our national discourse and how much they work to delegitamize conservatism and Conservatives. They don't want to hear what we have to say and so constantly mock and ridicule us.

So while I don't agree with hiding Robert's membership in the Federalist Society, I can't really blame him.

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