With the blessings of the Bush White House, a team of conservative leaders self-dubbed “the four horsemen” formed in 2002 and has taken over much of the planning for the nomination fight.
These men are C. Boyden Gray, an establishment lawyer who chairs the Committee for Justice; Jay Alan Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice; Leonard A. Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society; and Edwin A. Meese III, attorney general during part of the Reagan administration.
These are bad men. These are the arch-conservatives of the judicial world. These are war, plague, famine, and death for 20th century America, and they know it!
This isn’t about Roe v. Wade. In principle, that’s safe, because Planned Parenthood’s last big defense was 5–4, and one of the 4 has been replaced by a pro-Roe judge. Losing O’Connor doesn’t change that.
Losing O’Connor sets up an attack on a range of social issues much broader than medical privacy. We’re talking about such an expansive view of “property rights” that there’s no room for the government to regulate in the interests of society at large. That means minimum wage law, mandatory overtime, regulation of monopolies, environmental protections, and yes, even science in the science classes.
Get angry, and call your Senators. Tell them that your vote in every election where their name is on the ballot will depend on how vigorous they are in protecting you this summer. Make them swear to you on the phone that they will fight tooth and nail.