Carol Platt Liebau: Hell Freezes Over

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Hell Freezes Over

The LA Times has endorsed John Roberts. I bet that Democrats torn between common sense and the left wing special interest groups wish they had the same flexibility.

What's amusing in the linked piece is to read the Times calling Judge Roberts a model of restraint in the mold of Chief Justice Rehnquist and Justice Kennedy. As many will recall, the Chief Justice was known as the conservative "lone dissenter" at the beginning of his career, and as an expert noted, "He was able, over time, to gather colleagues together cordially, manage tension, build a majority and turn them over to his point of view." Chief Justice Rehnquist may have been understated, but he was hardly a moderate. And if that's how Roberts turns out, fine by me (but not so likely to be fine by the Times).

To compare John Roberts to Anthony Kennedy, however, is a joke -- and insulting to Judge Roberts. Kennedy, with his opinions finding in the Constitution both a "right" to homosexual sodomy and a wholesale prohibition on executing those under 18 -- and a noted infatuation with foreign law -- is precisely the kind of overreaching justice John Roberts has pledged not to be.

Ah, well, an endorsement's an endorsement -- even if it's premised on a misunderstanding of the facts.


Blogger Jeff Miller said...

These new endorsements are really just postering for the next nominee. They know they have lost on this one and so want to appear sensible so that when whoever is announced as O'Connor's replacement can be fought tooth-and-nail. They can then appeal to the fact that they endorsed Roberts to show their "objectivity."

10:33 AM  
Blogger cookie jill said...

Well...I guess Hades is a might chillier as I am actually agreeing with the Malkanoid.

Croynism has to stop!

8:56 AM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

If a conservative called Jesse Jackson "Jacksonoid" or Al Sharpton "Sharptonoid" or Donna Brazile "Brazileoid," the left would shout "racist" from the rooftops. But it's perfectly okay for liberals to call an American of Filipino heritage "Malkinoid," correct?

Did the left tell the Clintons not to hire their own buddies, such as Craig Livingstone, Ron Brown, Webb Hubbell, Hazel O'Leary, Donna Shalala, Sidney Blumenthal, Janet Reno or dozens of others? Numerous conservatives bloggers have told Bush not to hire Julie Myers.

All politicians use cronyism as political pay-offs, but it seems liberals object to the unsavory practice only when a conservative does it. Conservatives decry it on both sides of the aisle.

11:32 AM  

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