Thursday, July 28, 2005

Contagious Amnesia 

Via our stouthearted colleague John Aravosis at AmericaBlog: Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts has said that he "has no memory of belonging to the Federalist Society," despite having served on its steering committee. While he sort of brain malfunction Mr. Roberts admits to is typically induced by traumatic head injury, drug and/or alcohol abuse, a transient ischaemic attack, Alzheimer's, etc., there is reason to believe that the nominee's unfortunate affliction may be an exception -- and, from a public health standpoint, a frightening one. It appears to be infectious. In fact it has already spread to many of Mr. Roberts's close associates, who seem to have lost all recollection of the yeoman work he did in 2000, helping to deliver Florida's electoral votes to George W. Bush:
U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts played a broader behind-the-scenes role for the Republican camp in the aftermath of the 2000 election than previously reported -- as legal consultant, lawsuit editor and prep coach for arguments before the nation's highest court, according to the man who drafted him for the job.

Ted Cruz, a domestic policy advisor for President Bush and who is now Texas' solicitor general, said Roberts was one of the first names he thought of while he and another attorney drafted the Republican legal dream team of litigation ''lions'' and ''800-pound gorillas,'' which ultimately consisted of 400 attorneys in Florida . . . .

Until now, Gov. Jeb Bush and others involved in the election dispute could recall almost nothing of Roberts' role, except for a half-hour meeting the governor had with Roberts. Cruz said Roberts was in Tallahassee helping the Bush camp for ''a week to 10 days,'' and that his help was important, though Cruz said it is difficult to remember specifics five years after the sleep-depriving frenetic pace of the 2000 recount . . . .

Cruz's account is the first to place Roberts firmly within the Bush vs. Gore battle, filling in substantial blanks in the memories of everyone from Bush's campaign lawyer, Ben Ginsberg, to the governor . . . .

While working on the recount, neither Roberts nor any of the other attorneys squabbled. They were too focused, Cruz said -- and too worried about what they say were the Democrats' efforts to subvert the voting process through recounts divining voters' wishes on pregnant, hanging and dimpled chads.

''To a person, the Republican lawyers were horrified at what was going on . . . the effort [by Democrats] to, in effect, steal the elections,'' Cruz said.
If Mr. Roberts's patriotic efforts to prevent the wishes of Florida voters from being divined are a source of such great pride to the Republicans, why has it taken them so long to say so? Again, the mystery may be one that only epidemiology can solve.

UPDATE (via Crooks & Liars): Jeb Bush: Who knew??

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