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Moderates of the left

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Jul 04, 2005

What do you call a Supreme Court Justice who sides with the court's liberal voting bloc virtually all of the time?

That's obvious, if you're on the news-reporting team (as opposed to the editorial page) of the Wall Street Journal. You call him a "moderate."

The Journal article takes some digs at other possible nominees for the Supreme Court opening, then zeroes in on Judge John Roberts, who is "brainy and likeable." In case that endorsement is too subtle, the article continues:

He is widely admired by Democrats, as well as Republicans. "I think he's the conservative equivalent to a Ruth Bader Ginsburg or Stephen Breyer," says Bradford Berenson, a former Bush White House official, referring to two Supreme Court justices who are considered moderate...

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Jul. 04, 2005 6:16 PM ET USA

    Indeed, Diogenes, there is something seriously wrong with our government's "checks and balances" when one "moderate" Supreme Court justice, in a 5-4 decision, can: invoke a holocaust on millions of babies... decide for the whole country whether the 10 Commandments can even be displayed... We are not represented by these Justices. The Senate/House need to be able to override the whackos in the Justice system... then, again, we need a moral foundation for all this, don't we.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jul. 04, 2005 6:01 PM ET USA

    Surely you know by now, Diogenes, that in the MSM (of which the news pages of the Journal are charter members) there are only two shades of opinion, moderates and far right-wing conservatives. Thus Teddy Kennedy, the Rev. Al Sharpton &al. are moderates. (Neither Mary Jo Kopechne nor Tawana Brawley is available for comment.)

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