Giuliani Promises Conservative Judges

Rudy Giuliani is promising to appoint conservative, "strict constructionist" judges if elected. Who's helping him decide who they should be? Ted Olson and Miguel Estrada.

Giuliani has even created a Justice Advisory Committee populated by bright conservative lights including former Bush solicitor general Theodore Olson as the committee's chairman; Federalist Society co-founder Steven Calabresi, a Northwestern University law professor; and Washington lawyer Miguel Estrada, who was denied a federal appeals court bid in 2003 because Democrats feared he was too conservative

He's also courting the Federalist Society. Anyone who thinks Ted Olson wouldn't run a partisan Department of Justice if appointed Attorney General should think again.

Olson was in the room at the first meeting of the Federalist Society in 1982....The idea was to launch a counter-cultural legal movement in which conservative lawyers and scholars would roll back what they viewed as the excessive intrusion of judges into American life.

....The plan was to sow talented conservatives at every level of the federal judiciary and ultimately gain a foothold at the Supreme Court. "That was very much on our minds," Olson said.

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    Seems to me .... (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by Meteor Blades on Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 02:00:40 AM EST
    ...they've succeeded brilliantly in that regard, which is not to say that the judges who have been appointed are brilliant.

    He's going to lose those GOP (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 01:32:38 AM EST
    freedom of choice voters.

    Olson + Silberman + Coulter = Arkansas Project (none / 0) (#3)
    by kovie on Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 06:42:04 AM EST
    'Nuff said there. Not that I'm a huge Clinton fan these days but what they did to them is unspeakable and a direct line from Cohn and McCarthy to Colson and Segretti to Atwater and Rove. They alone account for half the "Lawyers at the bottom on the ocean" jokes. If the Dems confim Olson as AG I'm turning Commie.

    Strict construction (none / 0) (#4)
    by aahpat on Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 07:44:40 AM EST
    is just another way of sayingthat they do not believe in the U.S. Constitution.

    If our Founding Fathers had been so myopic as to think that the constitution was and is immutable they would not have created the courts or the amendment process. Packing the courts is the only way these right-wing anti-constitutionalists can impose their intolerance and division on America.

    Unfortunately, the Democrats are not too much better these days. Too damned willing to compromise with these thugs. Democrats need to stake out strong pro-constitutional social justice, human rights and civil liberties positions and let the voters decide which is better constitutional values or divisive sectarian strict constructionist family values.