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Judging John Roberts

The Democrats' strategy for defeating President Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge John Roberts (search), is becoming clear.

Democrats, who mostly get their marching orders from the liberal interest groups, are demanding more and more records from the judge. They will seek to find a comment, a statement, or an article in any of these records to claim he is "out of the mainstream" and shouldn't be allowed to replace their favorite conservative, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (search).

If they don't get certain records — and the White House has refused, so far, to turn over some it considers privileged information — they will use that to suggest he is hiding something.

Already they've tried floating his wife's affiliation with Feminists for Life (search), a pro-life group, but quickly switched to other tactics when that one failed to gain much traction.

Let's be clear what this fight is about. It is about the Constitution and how it will be interpreted. Like some liberal seminary professor who believes the Ten Commandments (search) were just suggestions, liberal Democrats view the Constitution as a document constantly in need of updating, according to opinion polls and cultural trends.

Judge Roberts, like President Bush, believes the Founders gave us something that has worked well throughout our history and needs to be upheld, not revised.

It is also about abortion, gay rights and lots of other things never envisioned by the Founders. These are matters best left to the states, not unelected judges.

An indication of how frustrated the left is over Roberts is the sartorial hit piece Robin Givhan did in the Washington Post. Givhan trashed the clothes worn by the beautiful Roberts children at the White House announcement of their father's nomination. When the left attacks kids, you know it's in bad shape.

It's already been a hot summer in Washington. Look for the interest groups and their congressional puppets to make it hotter when the hearings begin, possibly next month.

And that's Column One for this week.

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