NY Times, May 17, 2009
Conservatives Map Strategies on Court Fight
By CHARLIE SAVAGE
WASHINGTON - If President Obama nominates Judge Diane P. Wood to the Supreme
Court, conservatives plan to attack her as an "outspoken" supporter of
"abortion, including partial-birth abortion."
If he nominates Judge Sonia Sotomayor, they plan to accuse her of being
"willing to expand constitutional rights beyond the text of the
And if he nominates Kathleen M. Sullivan, a law professor at Stanford, they
plan to denounce her as a "prominent supporter of homosexual marriage."
Preparing to oppose the confirmation of Mr. Obama's eventual choice to
succeed Justice David H. Souter, who is retiring, conservative groups are
working together to stockpile ammunition. Ten memorandums summarizing their
research, obtained by The New York Times, provide a window onto how they
hope to frame the coming debate.
The memorandums dissect possible nominees' records, noting statements the
groups find objectionable on issues like abortion, same-sex marriage, the
separation of church and state and the propriety of citing foreign law in
interpreting the Constitution.
While conservatives say they know they have little chance of defeating Mr.
Obama's choice because Democrats control the Senate, they say they hope to
mount a fight that could help refill depleted coffers and galvanize a
movement demoralized by Republican electoral defeats.
"It's an immense opportunity to build the conservative movement and identify
the troops out there," said Richard A. Viguerie, a conservative fund-raiser.
"It's a massive teaching moment for America. We've got the packages written.
We're waiting right now to put a name in." (...)