Supreme Court nominee John Roberts has been accused of suffering a mental breakdown by a second conservative group that is withdrawing its support for the man widely praised for his wingnut values only weeks ago. The group, Committee for Traditional American Values, has withdrawn its support of Roberts because of his pro bono work that helped defeat a Colorado referendum against gays.
This follows on the heels of a similar announcement yesterday, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, that Public Advocate of the United States was the first right-wing group to withdraw support for Roberts.
Eugene Delgaudio, the president of [Public Advocate of the United States], said in an interview that he hopes his stance will prod others.
“I know that others feel the same way. I know they believe as I do. They’re just not going to act,” the 50-year-old Northern Virginia man said. “But once I’ve done it, then they can’t claim that no one’s opposing Roberts.”
“We can’t take our limited resources and put it toward a candidate who is not a strict constructionist when we were told he is,” Delgaudio said.
The Committee for Traditional Values joined Delgaudio’s movement to start a groundswell of nonsupport for Roberts, who has been endorsed by a number of conservative organizations and condemned by as many liberal ones.
Randall Feenster, president of the Committee for Traditional Values, applauded Delgaudio’s group.
“John Roberts is obviously insane to support queers,” said Feenster, a 50-year-old from New Hampshire. “Here he is trying to ‘pass’ as a conservative, when in fact he is just a crazy pervert.”
Roberts’ brush with liberalism — or break with reality — came in a Colorado gay rights case that involved Amendment 2, a state constitutional amendment approved by voters in 1992 that would have barred laws, ordinances or regulations to protect gays from discrimination by landlords, employers or public agencies such as school districts, while providing that protection to just about every other living thing.
Gay rights groups sued, and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1996 declared the measure unconstitutional in a 6-3 ruling.
Roberts helped develop strategy and participated in a practice mock court session to prepare Jean Dubofsky, a former Colorado Supreme Court justice, to argue the case on behalf of the gay rights plaintiffs.
“Roberts cannot deny that these events happened,” said Feenster. “They are part of the historical record. But he can explain that it happened because he was clearly insane at the time, and then he can seek the treatment he needs. In the meantime, President Bush should withdraw his nomination.”
Both Feenster and Delgaudio predicted that more mainstream conservative groups, such as the Republican Party, would climb on their bandwagon and call for withdrawal of the madman’s nomination.