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    some brief snippets i posted on the FP thread... (OK not so brief)

    based on what i can find on the guy - mostly from the dkosopedia and the PDF file kos linked to - he seems to be a hardcore conservative authoritarian.

    In private practice, Roberts has often represented corporations in suits against private  individuals or the government.  He represented Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky,  Inc., in its successful petition to the Supreme Court arguing that a worker with carpal  tunnel syndrome is not disabled such that she is entitled to accommodation at work under  the Americans with Disabilities Act...

    Roberts also served as the attorney for Fox Television, the network owned by  conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch, in its challenge of governmental regulations.   In Fox Television Stations, Inc. v. Federal Communications Commission, Fox won its  challenge to the federal government's ownership and cross-ownership rules...

    so far it looks like he's a gung-ho corporatist, against the ADA and for greater media consolidation.

    he also appears to be against affirmative action and pro-segregation:

    As counsel for The Associated General Contractors of America, Roberts wrote an amicus  brief in Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Mineta, 32 arguing in a challenge to an affirmative  action program for Department of Transportation contractors... In another case, however, Roberts was successful in challenging a minority preference  program.  He again wrote an amicus brief for Associated General Contractors of  America, who took the side of a contractor challenging the Department of Defense's  program granting bid preferences to small, minority-owned businesses...
    Roberts co-authored two briefs on the government's behalf arguing for court supervision  to be lifted in school desegregation cases.  In a 1990 case, the amicus brief co-authored  by Roberts in his capacity as Deputy Solicitor General sought to weaken the standard and  limit the timeline for court-enforced desegregation decrees in the nation's schools.  

    As Special Assistant to Attorney General Smith in the Justice Department, and as counsel  in the Reagan White House, Roberts compiled a staunch record of hostility to civil rights...

    he was also working against the votings rights act, it seems.

    so far this might seem like a pretty decent record to the right-wing libertarians.  but it seems that he has also been involved in trying to emasculate the establishment clause and has argued that police should be allowed to search cars without a warrant during traffic stops.  he also seems to be pretty seriously anti-choice.

    here's another fun one:

    In his second [law school] article, Roberts took on the Contract Clause, which provides that, "No state  shall... pass any... law impairing the obligation of contracts."  Roberts argued that this  clause should be interpreted to protect corporations from legislation that might increase  their obligations to their workers, such as pension protection, and not, as Justice Brennan  had asserted, to protect individuals from decisions by states that nullified rights by  reneging on contracts.
    nice.

    from what i've seen so far he seems to be an extreme conservative ideologue in the grand racist, anti-choice, anti-environment and anti-worker tradition.  and he seems never to have met a bill of rights amendment he didn't hate.  so he seems to be the polar opposite of libertarian to boot.

    since i'm a liberal libertarian, this guy so far looks like the worst choice possible. &nbsp i'll be curious to see how non-democrat libertarians react to him.  where's ben masel?

    so here's my take: oppose him on libertarian grounds. that'll really take them off guard, and win us points with lib-leaning republicans and unaffiliateds.

    we'd better decide now if we are going to be fearless men or scared boys.
    — e.d. nixon, montgomery improvement association

    by zeke L on Tue Jul 19, 2005 at 04:16:55 PM PDT

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