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"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

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Monday, July 25, 2005

Let the Games Begin!

Questions, questions, questions for Roberts. And he's proving his Reagan-era bona fides with his electrifying answers: "Well, uhh... I have no recollection of those particular events."

Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. has repeatedly said that he has no memory of belonging to the Federalist Society, but his name appears in the influential, conservative legal organization's 1997-1998 leadership directory.

Having served only two years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit after a long career as a government and private-sector lawyer, Roberts has not amassed much of a public paper record that would show his judicial philosophy. Working with the Federalist Society would provide some clue of his sympathies. The organization keeps its membership rolls secret, but many key policymakers in the Bush administration are acknowledged current or former members. . . .

Yesterday, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Roberts "has no recollection of being a member of the Federalist Society, or its steering committee." Roberts has acknowledged taking part in some Federalist Society activities, Perino said.

If the guy's already trying to sweep membership in a right-wing legal group under the rug, we're in for a frustrating ride. Although I never realized that the Federalist Society kept their membership secret. Must be because of all the dangers rich, oppressed, white people face in our society today. Tragic. It's enough to make the son of a steel executive-- being rewarded for decades of loyal service with a lifetime post to the Supreme Court-- cry. Afterall, he has been an actual judge for about two years...