July 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

“I’ve become less conservative since the Republican Party started becoming goofy…In the last few years, well really I’d say the last ten years or so, I think there’s been a real deterioration in Conservative thinking, and that has to lead to people to re-examine and modify their thinking.”

  • Federal Judge Richard Posner. Posner is a conservative on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, appointed by Reagan
  • Source: NPR (includes audio)
  • Context: Judge Posner was discussing Chief Justice John Roberts and the current state of Conservatism with NPR. Regarding the conservative backlash against Roberts after his decision to uphold the constitutionality of the Afforadable Care Act in its entirety, he had this to say:

“I think these right-wingers who are blasting Roberts are making a very serious mistake. Because if you put [yourself] in his position … what’s he supposed to think? That he finds his allies to be a bunch of crackpots? Does that help the conservative movement? I mean, what would you do if you were Roberts? All the sudden you find out that the people you thought were your friends have turned against you, they despise you, they mistreat you, they leak to the press. What do you do? Do you become more conservative? Or do you say, ‘What am I doing with this crowd of lunatics?’ Right? Maybe you have to re-examine your position.”


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