July 10, 2005


For Liberals, High Stakes at High Court (Thomas B. Edsall and Michael A. Fletcher, July 11, 2005, Washington Post)

Ralph G. Neas, president of the liberal advocacy group People for the American Way, began the George W. Bush years leading the fight against the president's 2001 tax cut. He lost.

Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, has been a leading voice in opposition to provisions in the USA Patriot Act that he and other civil rights leaders say needlessly restrict civil liberties. So far, the act is unchanged.

Nan Aron, president of the Alliance for Justice, has joined coalitions that have opposed what she saw as pro-business proposals to make it more difficult for consumers to file for bankruptcy and to limit plaintiffs' options in class-action lawsuits. Those measures were passed into law earlier this year.

These liberal lobbyists are a triumvirate now leading the left into what they view as their biggest battle yet: to stop conservatives from replacing retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor with a justice firmly aligned with the right. After failing repeatedly in recent years to stop the advance of a conservative agenda by the Republican-controlled White House and Congress, a once-powerful liberal coalition is making what amounts to a last stand over control of the Supreme Court.

If the Coalition for a Fair and Independent Judiciary the lobbyists head is unsuccessful, it will risk not only seeing the courts tilt decidedly more conservative but also seeing the liberal movement lose further credibility as an organizing and advocacy force in Washington.

They fought for taxes, terrorists and trial lawyers and think they have any credibility remaining?

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 10, 2005 11:53 PM

Is the Post telling these guys that unless they win the tone of the paper's coverage will change? The Post will remain partisan, but there are degrees and limits on how far the paper can cover for these people unless they deliver.

Posted by: Luciferous at July 11, 2005 5:04 PM
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