- The Alliance for Justice has posted a synopsis of Judge Roberts' career, and a longer report (in PDF).
- DailyKos has a pretty extensive overview, also.
- Ezra Klein has some thoughts on the Democrats should proceed on the Roberts nomination. In short, hold off on the most extreme options until Roberts has had a chance to answer direct questions on his record.
The second area of particular importance right now concerns efforts to promote sexual freedom, including the pro-choice and reproductive rights movement and the gay rights movement. As the iconic environmental scientist George Woodwell pointed out recently, environmentalism and a woman's right to choose are inextricably linked -- they are both human rights.The Roberts nomination could provide an opportunity for environmentalists and other progressive groups (particularly the pro-choice movement) to further forge our bonds. Ezra's probably right that we won't win this fight (at least if we define winning as keeping Roberts off the Supreme Court), but if a stronger, more integrated progressive movement arises from the confirmation process, we will have made progress.
It is inconsistent to block a woman's right to choose -- or a gay person's right to marry -- while advocating free choice in the destruction of species or landscapes. How do conservatives do that, and how have our allies in those movements responded? How do we broaden our connections?
Environmentalism must connect with and be of service to a broader social movement. (my emphasis)
Of course, I'm very interested in hearing your reactions to the nomination.
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