All the news that’s fit to be tied up and hidden in the closet for the duration….
According to the New York Times, the Federalist Society is just a “debate club”.
Despite a budget of $3.2 million and nearly 30,000 members, the Federalist Society does not stake out official positions or endorse candidates. It does not bring lawsuits or file legal briefs. What it does, organizers say, is promote dialogue about constitutional principles and the law. Along the way, it has attracted conservative admirers throughout the Bush administration and the federal judiciary.
Talk about putting the tort before the whores. The Federalist Society played a major hand in appointing Bush. Case in point:
Federalist Society members, once ticklish about such attacks, seemed to delight in them at this week’s conference, as Mr. Ashcroft, Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson and others lampooned the liberal voices who dread the group’s influence.
“There are some who would paint the Federalist Society as a nefarious underground cabal with secret handshakes and blood oaths,” Mr. Ashcroft deadpanned. Then, as his audience cackled, he added, “I called you all here because I want to know who squealed.”
“Who would have thought 20 years ago,” Justice Scalia said at the society’s black-tie gala on Thursday, “that that little organization of students at a couple of law schools would have evolved today to a power of such proportions” that mere membership could endanger a judicial nomination?
Pausing, he said, “It could have been a grand flop.”
The Federalist Society is a debate club in the same way that the Ku Klux Klan is a bunch of guys getting together for poker and barbeque.