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Two Types of Justices: “Conservatives” and “Moderate Liberals”

And yes, according to Newsday, that latter category includes former ACLU director Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

Bush’s chance to add a fifth reliable vote to the court’s conservative bloc depends on the departure of one of the four moderate liberals or Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who backs abortion and gay rights.

As reader Joe B. points out, “I don’t know how anyone can call Justice Ginsburg a moderate, but I guess there’s no such thing as an extreme liberal to the mainstream media.”
The Newsday article also quotes Nan Aron (of the “liberal Alliance for Justice”) saying, ”That will be an early indication of whether [Bush] continues to relentlessly pursue his court packing or whether he will pull back a little.”
It just boggles the mind that any kind of serious reporter would let a statement like that go unchallenged. The term “court packing” has a specific meaning in the context of American history and the Supreme Court. It refers to FDR’s attempt to add seats to the Supreme Court in order to fill them with friendly justices. Bush has done nothing of the sort, and it’s sloppy journalism to put a quote like that in the paper. At least Newsday didn’t call it the ”moderately liberal Alliance for Justice.”