July 23, 2005

A BRIDGE TOO FAR:

Anti-Abortion Advocacy of Wife of Court Nominee Draws Interest (LYNETTE CLEMETSON and ROBIN TONER, 7/23/05, NY Times)

[T]here is little mystery about the views of his wife, Jane Sullivan Roberts, a Roman Catholic lawyer from the Bronx whose pro bono work for Feminists for Life is drawing intense interest in the ideologically charged environment of a Supreme Court confirmation debate.

Some abortion opponents view her activities as a clear signal that the Robertses are committed to their cause; supporters of abortion rights fear the same thing. Others say that drawing a direct line from her activities to how her husband might rule on the Supreme Court - assuming that he not only shares her views, but would also act on them to overturn 32 years of legal precedents - is both politically risky and in bad form.

No less a Democratic stalwart than Senator Edward M. Kennedy said, at a breakfast meeting with reporters on Friday, that Mrs. Roberts's work "ought to be out of bounds."


Even Teddy knows that tack is a mistake.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 23, 2005 9:10 AM
Comments

How dare a wife have views different from her husband!

Posted by: John J. Coupal at July 23, 2005 10:16 AM

Or the same views reached independently? After all, great minds think aiike even if they're married to each other.

Posted by: erp at July 23, 2005 12:35 PM

Aside from the obvious, Teddy knows that inquiries into Joan's life wouldn't have helped him in the past, and his current brother-in-law has worn the wire for the US Attorney.

So, families are off-limits for him.

Just like he had to keep quiet while Clarence Thomas was accused by Anita Hill. Things were a little too close to home for him.

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 23, 2005 6:55 PM
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