/A>. An examination of the committee's all-stars shows it may instead be a magnet for social liberals.
p>Professor Charles Fried has
. Pro-life groups have been hostile to the new Attorney General Michael Mukasey, a prominent committee member, while liberal court activists have warmed up to him. Supreme Court papabile Miguel Estrada and Maureen Mahoney are judicial but not social conservatives, according to renowned Supreme Court insider Jan Crawford Greenberg, who says that President Bush's advisors
didn't consider Mahoney
for the high court because “they didn't believe she was conservative enough.” Committee chairman Ted Olson seems to spend a lot of his time
that Giuliani's judicial conservatism “doesn't mean overturning
is part of that agenda.” Professor Steven Calabresi is reportedly participating in the committee
, not because of, his own opposition to abortion.
p>Distinguishing social from judicial conservatism could pave the way for more substantive campaign promises about judges. Pro-lifers who ask a candidate what his nominees would think about