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Monday, July 25, 2005

FEDERALIST BIAS: Critics of John Roberts want to know whether the nominee ever held a membership in the Federalist Society. If so, his objectivity may be "compromised" because the organization has been critical of recent Supreme Court rulings. One voice in my political mind hopes it turns out that Roberts was never actually a member — less ammunition for Schumer's cheap shots. Another part of my political brain says: Bring it on. The Federalist Society says it is "founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be." Meanwhile, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was counsel to the ACLU, a group whose current priority is to ensure that captured terrorists are happy with their air-conditioned cells and enjoying meals including orange-glazed chicken, fresh fruit, steamed peas and mushrooms, and rice pilaf. If Roberts' nomination comes down to how most Americans feel about the two organizations' missions, any bets on how the vote will turn out?