Hijacking Justice: The Federalist Society, a Right-wing network of lawyers, judges and supporters,
is undoing civil rights and other gains made through the courts,
George E. Curry & Trevor W. Coleman, Emerge, October 1999
Federalist Society Becomes a Force in Washington, Conservative Group's Members Take Key Roles in Bush White House and Help Shape Policy and Judicial Appointments ,
Thomas B. Edsall, Washington Post, April 18, 2001
A Hostile Takeover, How the Federalist Society is capturing the federal courts,
Martin Garbus, The American Prospect, March 1, 2003
According to Robert McNamara in the "Fog of War," the first lesson of life is, "empathize with your enemy." In order to understand the conservative movement's ascendancy in American politics, progressives should take McNamara's advice and try to view the world through the business lens of conservatives.
A recognizable pattern is emerging in Republican Party behavior, and it’s not pretty. Cannibalism might be a fair characterization to describe the goings on in Republican circles, both inside Congressional halls and in the country at large. It appears that a major battle has been initiated by right-wing conservatives for control of the party. The ultimate goal is to create a society characterized by limited government, individual liberty and Biblical morality. The conservative Republicans maintain such a society was envisioned by the Founders, and thus its re-establishment is a desirable goal. In the fight for control of the party, moderate and liberal Republican influence is being eliminated, often ruthlessly.
Ideas are the very stuff of politics.
– Deborah Stone
Whoever decides what the game is about also decides who gets into the game.
– E.E. Schattschneider
How the national debate is framed, and what options are put before the public, can be more important ultimately than the immediate choices made. The framing defines the breadth of the nation’s ambitions, and thus either raises or lowers expectations, fires or depresses imaginations, ignites or deflates political movements.
– Robert Reich