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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Brooks On Roberts: What Does He Mean?

I am not sure what the heck David Brooks is talking about today regarding Catholics fighting Catholics (and can Ted Kennedy fight anyone without Chivas balls?), but his exhilaration over the Roberts nomination contained the following:

Conservatives who came of age in the 1960's did so in an intensely ideological time when it was arduous to be on the right. People from that generation are more likely to have a dissident mentality, to want to storm the ramparts of the liberal establishment, to wade in to vanquish their foes in the war of ideas.

But John Roberts didn't enter Harvard until the fall of 1973. He missed all that sturm und drang, so he lacks, his former colleagues say, the outsider/dissident mentality. By the time he came of age, it was easier for a conservative to be comfortable in mainstream institutions, without feeling embattled or spoiling for a fight.

Okay. We will see if he gets Borked by stand-up guys like Kennedy, Biden and Schumer.

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