Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

In determining what's extreme, it depends what is is

Here's Michael Medved's column in its entirety:

"The latest attempt to block the nomination of Judge John Roberts to the Supreme Court centers on his affiliation with The Federalist Society, a group of 35,000 legal scholars determined to challenge the liberal establishment at most law schools. Columnist Molly Ivins and other leftists say Robert's short-lived listing on a local Federalist steering committee disqualifies him as an 'extremist…out of the mainstream.' Amazingly enough, no one similarly discredited Justice Ruth Bader Ginzburg for her much more significant association with a truly extreme organization: the American Civil Liberties Union. Ginzburg served as a top lawyer for ACLU — an organization whose support for criminals' rights and opposition to public expression of religion, places it on the fringe of American politics. In contrast, the core principle of the Federalist Society — that it's 'the job of judges to determine what the law is, not to say what it should be' — would win support from most Americans.
I'm a member of the Federalist Society; I'm not a member of the ACLU.