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08/10/2010

Thoughts outside of a vacuum: This Hoover makes noise but doesn't suck

by Jeremy Hooper

Whether it's because she has a heightened understanding of true conservatism or simply because she likes GOProud dinner invites, conservative scion Margaret Hoover (Herbert was her great-grandfather) is once again challenging her fellow elephant-riders to take another look at marriage equality and the courts that protect the same:

"We conservatives have a well-founded narrative about judges and the courts. It is true that the federal bench is populated with liberals who view their role not as Hooverinterpreting the law as it is written, but as policy makers empowered to sculpt social outcomes with which they agree.

The irony of this case is that Judge Walker is not a liberal activist judge but one whose career has proven him to be a tempered judge, true to the Reagan-Bush conservative jurisprudence that he was nominated to represent on the bench.

Conservatives cannot deny that our Founders intended the judiciary as an equal and independent branch of government purposed to ensure the protection of every citizen’s rights.
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*FULL PIECE: OPINION My Fellow Conservatives, Think Carefully About Your Opposition to Gay Marriage [Fox News]

Slight correction, Maggie: Conservative equality opponents *shouldn't* deny the judiciary's role. But you and I both know that they're can and will. Because without the activist judge meme, what have they? Lock-solid testimony? Credible witnesses whose almost wholly faith-mandated views hold up under the scrutiny of civil law? Some semblance of a winning case? Puh-leeze! That ship has both sailed and sunk.

But thanks for having our backs, M.H! It might make for uncomfortable trips to the Fox News water cooler, but your future filled with jubilant trips to same-sex wedding open bars will more than make up for it.

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**EARLIER: The Hoover, Upright [G-A-Y]

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