Monday, August 8, 2005

Crossing Their Fingers

According to the Washington Post, conservatives are still steady in their support of Supreme Court nominee John Roberts in spite of the fact — horrors! — that he did pro bono work for a gay activist group in their case against Colorado’s odious anti-gay Amendment 2.

In their public statements, religious conservatives held their tongues. Tom Minnery, vice president of public policy at Focus on the Family, said the group views the revelation about Roberts’s work for gay rights groups as “disappointing news.”

“But we understand his role within his law firm, and it doesn’t alter our view of him,” Minnery said. “We believe he’ll be a Supreme Court justice who will interpret the Constitution as it was written, not as he’d like it to be.”

Aw, isn’t that nice…even ignorant tightass bigots can be “understanding.” But still, they’re not taking any chances.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said in an interview that he had “anticipated some bumps along the way” as conservatives learned more about Roberts. Echoing President Ronald Reagan’s stance toward the Soviet Union, he said his group’s position will be to “trust and verify.”

“We trust that the president understands that his legacy in large part will be based on the Supreme Court and the nominations he makes,” Perkins said. “And we trust the statements that John Roberts has made about his judicial philosophy and the opinions he has written. We will verify that through the confirmation hearings.”

It’s far too much to hope that Judge Roberts will turn out to be another Souter or Stevens, but it will be just so much fun to watch the conservatives fret about every jot and tittle that Roberts writes to make sure he doesn’t stray from the reservation. Hey, I already know the guy’s a conservative by my standards, so I’m over it — but it’s fun to watch the righties pretzel themselves to make sure he’s one of them.