November 14, 2011 |
The day the Supreme Court gathered behind closed doors to consider the politically divisive question of whether it would hear a challenge to President Obama's healthcare law, two of its justices, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, were feted at a dinner sponsored by the law firm that will argue the case before the high court. The occasion was last Thursday, when all nine justices met for a conference to pore over the petitions for review. One of the cases at issue was a suit brought by 26 states challenging the sweeping healthcare overhaul passed by Congress last year, a law that has been a rallying cry for conservative activists nationwide.
March 6, 2011 |
Louis XIV of France was infamous for his view that there was no distinction between himself and the state, allegedly proclaiming "L'État, c'est moi" ("I am the State"). That notorious merging of personality with an institution was again on display in a February speech by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas before the conservative Federalist Society. Thomas used the friendly audience to finally address a chorus of criticism over his alleged conflicts of interest and violation of federal disclosure rules concerning his wife's income.
July 27, 2005
Re "The faith of John Roberts," Opinion, July 25 Re "Sitting in judgment on John G.," Current, July 24 I agree with the Erwin Chemerinsky analysis on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge John G. Roberts Jr., with one additional perspective: The Bush administration's raw suppression of access to basic information about Roberts' public record is a deliberate effort to thwart the constitutionally ordained advise-and-consent authority of the Senate....
October 3, 2005
Re "Poor judgment," editorial, Sept. 30 Whether the 22 senators who voted against John G. Roberts Jr. were on the wrong side remains to be seen. Much of Roberts' record was concealed by the Bush administration. What little record there is from his service in the Reagan administration suggests that he is an ideologue, as does his connection to the Federalist Society. His meeting with the president at the same time he was involved in an appellate case involving the scope of presidential powers calls into question his ethics.
November 13, 2012 |
The conservative Gotterdammerung is finally here. "Like dazed survivors in a ravaged city, America's conservatives are wailing and beating their collective breasts," opines the Economist's "Lexington" columnist. "A leading conservative thinker," asked by the Economist to "list today's conservative ideas, laughs bitterly and replies, 'Are there any?'" Former Reaganite Rep. Vin Weber (R-Minn.) laments in the conservative journal Policy Review, "I have never been so concerned about the future of conservative ideas.
February 13, 2012
Prop. 8's legal future Re "Same-sex marriage fight may hinge on 1 justice," Feb. 9 The Times' excellent analysis of a likely Supreme Court hearing on Proposition 8 omits one factor that might alter the bench's usual conservative-liberal split: the role of Theodore Olson. As an influential member of the Federalist Society, his argument that marriage equality is fully consistent with conservative values may lead one or two of the group's members on the Supreme Court (perhapsJohn G. Roberts Jr.andSamuel A. Alito Jr.)