Brian Leiter has weighed in with the best blog post I’ve seen thus far on the subject of John Roberts’ nomination to the US Supreme Court:
… But if, on the off chance my anecdotal sense is correct, then an Associate Justice Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court may still sometimes side with the values of freedom and democracy against the encroachments of grinning apologists for tyranny. That is about the most optimistic diagnosis I can muster, though I can not, on the evidence before us, offer it with confidence.
Of course, he should not be confirmed. He should not be confirmed because on a range of issues the U.S. Supreme Court is unavoidably a super-legislature, and one should not vote to confirm someone whose moral and political views are, on many of these issues, likely to be depraved and repellent. (If we had meaningful confirmation hearings, we would find out what those moral and political views actually are in some detail. Recall the remarks of Judge Posner.) But this honest discussion will not be had in America in the year 2005, so there is no point in dwelling on it.
On the Right, a contrarian voice of pessimism is coming, surprisingly, from the depraved and repellent Ann Coulter, whose latest diatribe is rapidly making the rounds of the political Internet. She fears Roberts may, however improbably, turn out to be some kind of secret lefty.
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