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The Balancing Act


On February 27 I wrote about how the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department had dropped the annual conference of the Federalist Society from its list of eight approved conferences that its employees could attend this year. I guess public embarrassment can occasionally have an effect because the Federalist Society has just magically reappeared on the approved conference list. Of course, having even just one dissenting voice has to be countered — the American Constitution Society has also been added to a list predominated by mostly liberal organizations. That is in accord with my experience in the “balance” normally considered appropriate by the Left. I have been in more than one panel or debate where I was the lone conservative versus several liberals (including the moderator). I guess we should take it as a complement that the Left seems to need to have us substantially outnumbered whenever conservatives with opposing points of view are debating liberals. 

— Hans A. von Spakovsky is a visiting legal scholar at the Heritage Foundation. He is also a former commissioner on the Federal Election Commission and counsel to the assistant attorney general for civil rights at the Department of Justice.