Monday, December 12, 2005

"Icelandic Pop Singer"

The statement, "Bork [is] still a potent symbol of judicial extremism in the minds of most Americans," gives the public too much credit. To paraphrase the editors of The New Republic, most Americans are likely to confuse Bork for an "Icelandic pop singer."

On a related note, confirmation politics is an area where polling is fraught with mistake mainly because of the abortion issue. Most Americans think since Roe made abortion legal, overturning it would make abortion illegal. Which we know is not true. It would simply return the issue to the democratic process. Until these polls start to define what Roe stands for, they are going to be meaningless.

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