Tuesday, September 13, 2005

"Ginsburg Rule" incoherence

I'm watching Roberts dance around Feinstein, and he keeps ducking questions he ought to be answering. And one of his moves is to distinguish himself from Justice Ginsburg, who despite her recent adoption by Orrin Hatch and his merry band, made her opinions on the right to choose and related issues quite clear. Roberts keeps saying that the fact that Ginsburg had written on the issue prior to her nomination to the Supremes in effect allowed her to be more forthcoming before the Judicary Committee.

In other words: if your views are already known, you can tell the country what your views are. The less you have revealed, the less you have to reveal. Or, to put it another way, the less we know, the less we are entitled to know.

Makes perfect sense when you are talking about classified material related to national security. For lifetime appointment to the second most powerful chair in the United States? Not so much.

Would someone please call him on this? And while you're at it, ask him about his conversations on these issues with Bush and his guys. Anybody think they didn't ask (and demand answers to) the very kinds of questions he is avoiding now?


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