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It’s All Conservatives’ Fault

By on 6.20.06 | 3:48PM

E.J. Dionne can be pretty slick sometimes:

In the past, judicial overreach was associated with liberals. But with conservatives now enjoying a majority on the Supreme Court -- it's likely to get more conservative if President Bush gets another appointment -- the danger of overreach comes from the right.
Note the use of language. Judicial overreach wasn't necessarily practiced by liberals; rather it "was associated" with them. It begs the question of who did the "associating." But given Dionne's political leanings we can probably figure it out.

Meanwhile, judicial overreach isn't just associated with conservatives. Now that more conservatives are on the Court, that danger "comes from the right."

To sum up: Conservatives are to blame for both their own judicial overreach and the fact that liberals "are associated" with judicial overreach.

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