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October 09, 2005

What Does Miers Say About Roberts?

By Neil the Ethical Werewolf

The Harriet Miers circus has made me wonder how conservative John Roberts really is. The more I learn about Miers, the more I think about whether Bush really shares any of the goals of the theocrats and institutional conservatives who get all excited about Scalia. A lot of my belief in Roberts' conservatism derived from a belief that Bush would choose a nominee who would advance conservative goals. Roberts was stealthy enough that I didn't have much other than this to go on. But given what seems to be the case with Miers, Bush simply didn't care about advancing deep conservative goals with his second nominee. So why should I think he tried with the first?

Of course, we don't know nearly enough about either nominee, and Roberts' wife was legal counsel for a (strange) anti-abortion organization. But for the first time I regard it as within the realm of possibility that Bush will make the number of pro-Roe justices rise to 7 rather than decline to 5.

(update: After browsing the Feminists For Life webpage a bit more, I've changed my characterization of them from "seemingly moderate" to "strange", as they seem to attack men who don't pay child support in some places and support them in others.)

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I may be wrong, but I don't think that link means that they support fathers who don't want to pay chld support. I think it is pointing out a news story that related to the topic. From what I know about Feminists for Life, if would appear that they are saying, "look at what is out there". I don't think it implies support.

Posted by: dave | Oct 10, 2005 12:31:10 PM

I think you're summoning up more optimism than is warranted in assuming Harriet Miers isn't a real conservative, to say nothing of applying that to John Roberts.

Posted by: Iron Lungfish | Oct 10, 2005 12:32:32 PM

No one wants to tackle this issue head on but there are some indications that the gay population of the Supreme Court may be about to triple and this may be what is causing the wingnut insiders to freak.

Both Roberts and Miers are on record about abortion, both oppose it. Now this doesn't mean either is a lock to vote to overturn Roe v Wade, but I would give a "yes" to Roberts and a "solid leaner" to Miers. But it is well known that while the Republican Party may not have a Big Tent, it has a Huge Closet. And people inside the Beltway have to know this. They may be personally comfortable knowing that J Edgar Hoover's nickname was Gertie, that Ray Cohn was gay yet denied it to literally his dying day, that the only mandate the Republicans have is whoever Ken went out with on Friday and that Gannon/Guckert was visiting someone on those days he was in the White House when the gaggle weren't flocking. Looking on from afar it looks to this once long time SF Bay Area resident that the Bush Administration may be the most gay friendly administration in history, at least when it comes to hiring.

But they know that their base is explosively homophobic.

This is a very odd moment in history. Some people on the Left know or speculate about the sexuality of either or both nominees but are split between not caring and hoping its true, not least because it will blow up in the face of the Bushwhacker, and as mentioned people on the Right are just freaking outright. If this was the Clinton Administration the Reno jokes would be flowing freely, as it is Bush Administration loyalists know not where to turn. Because once the Closet door is opened a bunch of powerful people are going to be popping out, including a huge swath of people who rose to power devising a self-hating anti-Gay message strategy.

Roberts and Bush may both be straighter than an arrow, in the final analysis I couldn't care less either way, but the Right cannot bear to even enter the conversation. But you can feel the tension from here. "No she's not gay, she has been going out to the movies two to three times a year with the handsome, yet never married Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan". Well now that that is settled we can return to our regular station: Talon News.

Posted by: Bruce Webb | Oct 11, 2005 4:12:49 AM

Well that was a slip. I swear I set out to type "Roberts and Miers", how "Bush" slipped in is beyond me. Though some people have speculated that having twins allowed George to put some unpleasant duties behind him with one shot.

Unfair? Unkind? Well they should have thought of that before the decided to title Coulter's book about liberals "Treason". When I was growing up that was a fighting word. And maybe still is.

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