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Riddle Me This


As we await the vicious, but predictable, attacks on the next Supreme Court nominee, here’s some perspective:

Q. Two months ago what would Senate Democrats have called a Supreme Court candidate who had argued that Roe v. Wade should be overturned and who had close personal ties to a pro-life activist, who favored school prayer, who strongly opposed racial and gender preferences, who criticized “fundamental rights” and “suspect class” analyses as engines of judicial activism, and who described judicial activism as the greatest threat to judicial independence?

A. “Extremist and unconfirmable.”

Q. From now on what will Senate Democrats call such a candidate?

A. “Chief Justice Roberts.”


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