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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

N.Y. Times - Federalist Society Sways Washington

The N.Y. Times is a little paranoid, and has a total lack of respect for the office of The President of the United States.

Below are portions of the article I find interesting in its between the lines presentation. My assertions will most likely be sarcastic translation, or just blantant in your face to the N.Y. Times.



WASHINGTON, July 31 - "I am a member of the Federalist Society, and I do not know, quite frankly, what it stands for." (quick ... everyone in America freak out!)

The transcript does not say whether people in the Senate hearing room responded with disbelief. But that is how one person headed for a top job in the Justice Department, Viet D. Dinh, described his relationship with the society, a conservative legal group whose influence is the source of ever-swelling myth, mystery, insinuation, denial and debate. (It's that vast right wing conspiracy)

In a new Washington ritual, President Bush has repeatedly drawn from the Federalist Society for cabinet members, senior aides and judges. And perhaps to deflect what many conservatives call unfair attacks by liberals, the nominees have repeatedly claimed to know little about the group's beliefs. (They're taking over !!!)

Who cares? Lots of people, it seems, because a fight over the influence of the Federalist Society is a proxy in the war over the federal judiciary and the Constitution itself. (We all know that unless the courts a liberal activists then it's un Constitutional after all)

Remarkable in its growth and reach, the society was founded in 1982 by law students unhappy with what they saw as liberal dominance in law school faculties and the courts. It now claims 35,000 participants (some paying dues and some not) and has chapters in virtually every law school and in 60 cities. Part of the society's influence stems from its sponsorship of public debates, which hone and promote conservative points of view. (Told you they are taking over ... and some are not even paying dues!)

But much of the influence, and most of the intrigue, flows from an informal social network, which members use to advance one another's causes and careers. Openly and behind the scenes, members have played prominent roles in the most pitched political battles in recent years, including the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and the Florida recount fracas in 2000 that led to the election of Mr. Bush. (Are you scared yet? This society is evil and attacts the left ... everyone freak out!!!) ... (By the way N.Y. Times ... thats PRESIDENT Bush ... not "Mr.")

The society takes few official positions. But to some liberal critics, the activism of its members conjures all they fear about the legal right, from the defense of states' rights and business interests to attacks on affirmative action, gay rights and abortion. One liberal blog, democrats.com, called the group "the conservative cabal that is attacking America from within." (News flash N.Y. Times ... most of America is in line with those ideals ... It is YOU and your MINORITY liberal ilk that is attacking America from within)

Ralph G. Neas, president of People for the American Way, a liberal advocacy group, did not go that far in an interview last week. But he pointed to the society as a link between Judge Roberts and two Supreme Court justices many on the left abhor, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Justice Scalia was a faculty adviser to the society, and Justice Thomas has praised its work and spoken at its events. (Oh my ... they have talked about Clarence Thomas being a good Judge ... oh my ...)

As he argued that the society's influence flowed from its intellectual work - "I sound a little like a broken record, but what I'm excited about are the ideas"- Mr. Meyer also said he had benefited from news media training by Creative Response Concepts. That is the public relations firm that represented Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the group whose advertisements in last year's presidential campaign attacked the war record of Senator John Kerry, the Democratic nominee. (see ... evil I tell you ... evil .. they are against liberal liars ... are you freaking out America?)

In the early days of the Bush presidency, administration officials said about a quarter of their judicial nominees were recommended by the Washington headquarters of the society. Mr. Meyer said the advice came from staff members speaking in their private capacities, not as official representatives. (see? see? They're controlling Washington ... freak out America !!!)

In the 1990's, three Federalist Society lawyers, Jerome M. Marcus, Richard W. Porter and George T. Conway, played important but covert roles in helping Paula Corbin Jones sue President Clinton for sexual harassment. They also worked behind the scenes to disclose Mr. Clinton's affair with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. (evil evil evil ... how dare they expose the truth!!!)

Kenneth W. Starr, the independent counsel whose report led to Mr. Clinton's impeachment, is a prominent member of the society, as is Theodore B. Olson, who successfully argued Bush v. Gore, the case that stopped the Florida recount in 2000 and ensured Mr. Bush's election. (ahem ... PRESIDENT Bush you no respecting MORONS!!! ... and he DID win the bleeping election ... get freaking over it already!)

According to the Senate Judiciary Committee, 15 of the 41 appeals court judges confirmed under Mr. Bush have identified themselves as members of the group. Complaining that the society serves as "the secret handshake" of Mr. Bush's judicial nominees, Senator Richard J. Durbin, an Illinois Democrat on the committee, has repeatedly questioned them about the group's mission statement. Their answers, he said, have "ranged from the amusing to the preposterous." (taking over ... can't you see it yet? ... by the way N.Y. Times ... do you really think printing anything Durbin says is a good idea?)

I'll leave the reply to the N.Y. Times in the hands of Senator Orrin G. Hatch who puts it best.

Mr. Durbin's questions did bring sharp words from one society member. "I am on the board of advisers of the Federalist Society, and I am darn proud of it," said Senator Orrin G. Hatch, a Utah Republican on the Judiciary Committee. Mr. Hatch called the society a group of lawyers "who are just sick and tired of the leftward leanings of our government."

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