In re: The Souter Factor

I liked an article that Slate ran called The Souter Factor – What makes tough conservative justices go soft? It goes through a number of theories about why ‘conservative’ justices swing toward the liberal side once they are put on the bench. One theory which doesn’t seem too plausible is they want to get invited to intellegensia cocktail parties / get the adoration of the liberal media. However the theory that Scalia’s intimidation and criticism of the other justices seems to hold some water. Either way it is true that many conservatives have moved to the left or to the center (another argument, is they haven’t moved left, but to center). Its worth a look, and it will be interesting to see what happens w/ Roberts.


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