Thursday, June 23, 2011

Reframing the argument? Rebranding liberalism? Or just out of touch lefties?

Imagine my surprise when I found out that Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her colleagues aren't a screaming, died-in-the-wool liberal/progressive. I didn't realize they were moderates!

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the four moderates on the court, dissented from Justice Scalia’s broader analysis and sought a much narrower holding.
– the New York Times , in an editorial about Wal-Mart v. Dukes entitled Wal-Mart Wins, Workers Lose.

The judges who signed dissent were, of course,  Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan -- so the four "moderates" are the four most liberal SCOTUS justices.

What do you think, folks? People don't use the word "liberal" any more because the American people realize it's a bad thing. The left then switched to "progressive" for the last few years. Is "moderate" the new  term for the hard left? Or is it just that the NYT editorial board is such a home of the looney left that the liberal justices are to their right?

H/T David Lat at Above the Law 

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