An astute observer offers this prediction on this weekend’s attacks from the Left on Judge Roberts:
The Left’s strategy for attacking Judge Roberts should come into clearer focus as left-wing elites gather for an American Constitution Society for Law and Policy meeting in Washington this weekend. Prediction: the attack will be two pronged, at least initially. The first prong will be a character assault, led by former Democrat VP candidate John Edwards. Edwards will suggest that the public hasn’t seen “the real John Roberts.” Edwards — of “Two Americas” fame — seems to believe there’s always two of everything, and will lay the groundwork for a broader future assault on Roberts’ integrity and consistency.
The second prong of the attack will be an assault on Roberts’ commitment to civil rights. Look for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s Elaine Jones to lead the charge on this issue. You may recall that Jones was the lawyer who tried to fix the outcome of a federal affirmative action case, by delaying the appointment of a conservative judge to the 6th Circuit. Jones will focus in on Roberts’ memos during the Reagan era on a range of civil rights issues. This is, of course, an attempt to relitigate the Reagan legacy — a legacy that the American public overwhelmingly supports.
My cynical view is that Jones and others know the attack on Roberts’ commitment to equal rights will go nowhere, but will launch anyway in the hopes of energizing their political base for the 2006 elections.