Friday, August 05, 2005

Roberts Is Now Gay

This digging into Judge Roberts background goes from the downright nasty to the amusing.

If the NYT isn't examining the adoption of his kids (sleazy), then it has become a big deal that Roberts helped his law firm's lawyer handling a pro bono case with civil rights implications for homosexuals.

The story is shocking in its soridness.

Then a lawyer specializing in appellate work, the conservative Roberts helped represent the gay rights activists as part of his law firm's pro bono work. He did not write the legal briefs or argue the case before the high court, but he was instrumental in reviewing filings and preparing oral arguments, according to several lawyers intimately involved in the case.
That's right. He helped lawyers in his firm prepare for a big, high profile case before the Supreme Court. *Duh Duh Duuuhhhhh!*

The story goes on to explain that Roberts reviewed and commented on briefs, and played the hostile, conservative justice during mock oral arguments to help prepare his law firm's lawyers who were going to be arguing the gay rights case. Yes, Judge Roberts was once a lawyer who helped his firm represent its clients!

Besides being absolutely shocking, the real question is what is the motivation behind these declarations?

Is it because the media thinks Roberts is bad for doing this? No, actually this probably gives them hope he won't be conservative when he hits the Court.

The motivation behind this is the same as any when the press outs a gay conservative. The hope is that the convervatives will shun the gay person and thus prove the hatefulness of the right wingers of this country.

Except for a few people, it just won't work. Sure, right wing nutcase Michael Savage was all over it this evening. He is now the degenerate lawyer. But every reasonable right of center blogger I know shuns Savage and his line of thinking. That is why the public outing of a Sen. Santorum aid didn't work to destroy his career or cause Santorum to bash his loyal help in public.

Most people I think won't be surprised and understand that a client's case and a lawyers' personal public policy or legal opinions are not always the same. This isn't news. It's merely an effort to undermine conservative support for the Roberts nomination.

And even if it does, he will still be confirmed.


At 5:13 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

I think that picture needs to be in all of our sidebars...

We need to form a "BloggersWhoSupportTheGayDreadJudgeRobertsSupportNetwork" or something.

This is way too funny. I'll join if you will.

At 5:41 PM, Blogger KJ said...


At 5:53 PM, Blogger tee bee said...

Roberts is so gay his preschool son is gay.

I almost made that crazy kid the topic of a gay Thursday a few weeks back; his dance routine was priceless - thought you'd beat me to it. Then I ran out of steam on other things, and so did that part of the story.

I support Gay Thursday Judge Roberts!

PS I tagged you on a crappy/ questionable meme. Ignore away.

At 10:02 PM, Blogger spd rdr said...

Oh my! There is a conspiracy!

At 10:55 PM, Anonymous The Apple from the Fruit of the Loom Guys said...

I knew there was something wrong with this guy. He is obviously prejudice against our kind. Bananas? Yep. Grapes? Right there. Oranges? Covered. He's even got a pineapple on his head. Obviously he is an apple bigot. We simply cannot allow an apple-discriminator to serve on the high court. I'm calling Chuck Schumer.

At 2:13 AM, Blogger kingfelix said...

there's nothing wrong with looking at the adoption records. it's not worse than ringing around posing as pollsters asking what voters made of John McCain's having an illegitimate mixed-race child (which was untrue).

you guys are hilarious. if you hadn't dragged everyone down into the cesspool of Rovian "strategy", maybe such dirty tricks wouldn't have become such an integral part of the political process under this administration.

At 6:52 AM, Blogger Cassandra said...

Interesting principle... two wrongs make a right? Words to live by.

Though I must say it's been done. Still, tried and true.

I think I'll do a cross-stitch of that one and put it up on my wall.

At 6:54 AM, Blogger Cassandra said...

And by the way, any asshat who would not vote for McCain b/c he had a mixed race child is welcome to de-select his sorry butt from the Republican Party. I doubt that would hurt him much, even in the South.

There are plenty of mixed-race kids floating around - that just isn't much of a player, even for knuckle--dragging, snake-handling folks like us :)

At 7:48 AM, Blogger KJ said...


I am not a Republican. I support the President in the WOT, and I think the mainstream press is a Leftist institution that plays with double standards until exposed for it, and even then not always, and Democrats are never hypocrites b/c you can't be one unless you set standards.

But thanks for playing.

At 11:57 AM, Blogger spd rdr said...

That's a pretty high horese you rode in on, pinhut. I suppose the blue kool-aid has convinced you that Rove was behind the nastiness of the confirmation hearings of Judge Robert Bork and Justice Clarence Thomas as well. But you're right about one thing: we are hilarious. You could use a dose of humor yourself.

At 1:48 PM, Blogger Pile On® said...

Pinenut, I am a republican and the South Carolina primary incident you refer to is weak BS. First there is no evidence the Bush campaign had anything to do with it, second it is just as likely what phone calls did occur, (if any did) came from someone in the McCain camp, considering they did more harm to Bush than McCain. And that sort of tactic wouldn't be very consistent with the super evil-genius Rove, now would it?

At 1:54 PM, Blogger tee bee said...

I'm sorry, I'm stuck on the image of Cassandra doing cross stitch.

What were we talking about? McCain? Meh.

I crochet (now that I'm a granny, gotta make those stinkin' heirlooms for the little nose miners) and I'm about to do a cross stitch for a church baby blanket. We could get together during vespers, toss 'em back and do some stitching!

That might make it gay.

At 1:57 PM, Blogger KJ said...

Might? Throw in a Zima with your stitching and it would definitely be gay.

At 2:05 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

tee bee, too funny.

Actually I did do an enormous Colonial crossstitch sampler for my Mom about 20 years ago. It's the only real crossstitch thing I've done. It's beautiful, but it took me a year to complete. It is very unusual - it looks like a Persian rug a bit.

I have a weird habit of taking on huge crafts projects and then never doing that craft again - the first time I knitted anything I did a cable sweater for my then-boyfriend (now husband). We broke up right before I finished it. I was so heartbroken even tho I broke up with him, I burned his letters and was going to move to Cali.

But then I thought, what a waste, so I finished the sweater and waited until I knew he was out, and gave it to his Mom right before I was going to leave. I couldn't bear to be petty (and also waste 60 bucks spent on yarn). Plus a lot of love went into that darn sweater.

Long story short, he rang my doorbell and 2 months later we were married. What the hell was I thinking? Never thought THAT would happen in a million years...

Crafts can get you in major trouble.

At 2:07 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

It was a reproduction of one done in the 1700's. I still have the pattern. It's lovely. Full of reds - my favorite color.

At 2:12 PM, Anonymous Dr. Harden Stuhl said...

Cass... What a fine sweater we weave when first we practise to bereave....

[As meant in to "Bereave" = to deprive somebody of a beloved person or a treasured thing]

At 2:41 PM, Blogger kingfelix said...

i enjoyed these flames. interesting that you all assume that i am a democrat. nevermind. as for two rights make a wrong, no. but as your good senator santorum so eloquently pointed out, that those who create a culture of permissiveness, in this case when it comes to personal attacks, third party fabrications such as Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, etc, must take a measure of responsibility when their opponents tear up the notion of fair play in politics, too.

hence the irrelevance of saying "two wrongs make a right", that is not the point. the point is that Karl Rove has set the bar very low when it comes to playing dirty, don't blame anyone else for taking a leaf out of his book.

thanks for the attacks, they were hilarious. calling me pinenut, whooo, scary.

At 3:25 PM, Blogger Pile On® said...

Are you making the case that Ted Kennedy saying Bork would return us to the Jim Crow days or dems in Missouri saying that if republicans were elected that black churches would burn is equivalent to a group of people who served with a presidential candidate making his service the centerpiece of his campaign, trying to get out their version of his service?

There was also no connection between the Swift Vets and Rove, so if you want to be taken seriously you might give an example of gutter tactics that Rove actually had something to do with.

At 3:30 PM, Blogger tee bee said...

Begging for trouble may get you some, but not necessarily the kind you'd like. Scorpios tend to pick fights as a way of conversation, enigmatic postings notwithstanding. Perhaps if in post one you'd stuck to whether or not delving into the adoptions records is reasonable and why, and left off stupid remarks to strangers like "you guys are hilarious. if you hadn't dragged everyone down into the cesspool of Rovian "strategy", maybe such dirty tricks wouldn't have become such an integral part of the political process under this administration," people might have bothered to take your point seriously.

As per usual, no one would care if he weren't a Bush nom. But maybe you have a point: if a high-powered lawyer like him can't pull off a clean adoption, then he doesn't deserve the job (not that I think the fanatics nutty enough to go after his family - Dick Cheney's Lesbian Daughter!!! - will be thwarted by anything as pedestrian as the truth).

Anyhoo, I love your knitting story, Cass. That's got to be one of the all-time great romantic stories. And I hated Sleepless in Seattle.

I tend to do the big project thing too, which is making for my current cross-stitch connundrum. I don't like any of the simple patterns that I could probably reasonably do. Maybe if I started with the Zima, then looked through the pattern books...

At 4:25 PM, Blogger spd rdr said...

Enough. Pinhead offers nothing but troll. Next time you try to instigate a knife fight, butthut, bring a damned knife. You've got nothing.

At 12:44 PM, Blogger kingfelix said...

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At 1:03 PM, Blogger KJ said...


I don't claim to know where the line is, but you crossed it.

While the ad hominem had occured already, keep them reasonable or go elsewhere.

At 1:11 PM, Blogger Pile On® said...

Damn I missed it.

What does it take to cross KJ's line?


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