The Federalist Society held another fine event yesterday at the National Press Club, which a few of us from the office had the pleasure of attending. Titled "Judicial Activism vs. Judicial Restraint: Is the Alito Nomination Sharpening the Debate?" the debate featured Wendy Long of the Judicial Confirmation Network; Prof. Stephen B. Presser, TAS contributor and of Northwestern School of Law; Seth Rosenthal of Alliance for Justice; and Prof. Jonathan Turley of the GW Law School. Stuart Taylor, National Journal columnist did his best to keep the comity high and verbosity low.
The entire hour-and-a-half session was entertaining and enlightening, so it's difficult to choose from the highlights. In the course of this last year of judicial controversy, the left has managed to muddle the definition of "judicial activism" and water it down merely to mean not deferring to democratic choice.