The Corner

The Left’s “Moderate” Agenda

Liberal activist groups opposing Bush judicial nominees characterize their campaign as an effort to prevent federal courts from lurching to the right. Yet, as Powerline’s John Hinderaker reports, for many on the Left there is a quite different agenda: Using federal courts to achieve liberal policy goals that cannot be won through the Democratic process. In their view, the proper judicial appointments will bring about a “progressive” constitution that mandates expansive social welfare programs and other liberal goals. And they call Bush’s nominees “extreme”!

Jonathan H. Adler is the Johan Verhiej Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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