Monday, July 25, 2005

Judge Roberts and the Federalist Society

David Bernstein at the Volokh Conspiracy provides an excellent reason as to why it really doesn't matter whether John Roberts is a member of the Federalist Society:
The media's new obsession over whether John Roberts is or was a member of the Federalist Society is pretty foolish. I know members whose political views range from moderate conservatives (more moderate than, say, O'Connor or Kennedy) to Christian rightists to libertarian anarchist individualists. Judicial philosophy ranges from Borkean anti-judicial review views to Randy Barnettian presumptions of liberty. In short, membership in the Federalist Society tells you nothing about a nominee except that he or she is not "on the left", which one presumes would be true about any Bush Supreme Court nominee.