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  •  I think he was offensive, not clueless.... (7+ / 0-)

    Roberts' back and forth with Kaplan, during which he intimated that the case shouldn't have been in Court because the "gay lobby" was so powerful.  

    Roberts was getting specifically political here, as if he had been reading Red State, instead of any legal briefs.

    •  Roberts actually said that to Verrilli (7+ / 0-)

      who responded to Roberts's question as follows:

      GENERAL VERRILLI: No, Mr. Chief Justice.
      We quoted our -- we quoted the Garrett concurrence in
      our brief, and I think there is a lot of wisdom there,
      that it may well not have been animus or hostility. It
      may well have been what Garrett described as the simple
      want of careful reflection or an instinctive response to
      a class of people or a group of people who we perceive
      as alien or other.
       But whatever the explanation, whether it's
      animus, whether it's that -- more subtle, more
      unthinking, more reflective kind of discrimination,
      Section 3 is discrimination.
      In other words, sometimes stupidity is just as effective as malice.

      Remember what Sen. Pryor told Bill Maher in Religulous?

      "You don't need to pass an IQ test to be in the Senate"

      Too late for the simple life, too early for android love slaves - Savio

      by Clem Yeobright on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 09:06:20 AM PDT

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    •  Roberts was implicitly arguing against applying (0+ / 0-)

      heightened scrutiny to sexual orientation.    He really doesn't want that outcome.

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