Letter: Gatekeeper to the High Court
To the Editor:
Mark Joseph Stern’s piece on Justice Samuel Alito (“Justice Samuel Alito Has Proved Himself Supremely Churlish,” July 1) overlooks a little-known fact: the role of the Federalist Society as gatekeeper for Bush-era judicial nominations.
In 2001, the Bush White House announced that henceforth the Federalist Society would vet Supreme Court nominees. While the American Bar Association continued to weigh in, the nation’s judicial appointments became the exclusive preserve of a group whose common description is “rich libertarian.” While the nation’s press has focused on the fact that for the first time in its history there are no Protestants on the Supreme Court, there has been little mention that four of the justices are members of the Federalist Society. It is quite clear now that they promote an agenda that is detrimental to the United States.