Robert B. McNeil Jr., of Alexandria, insisted “there hasn't been even a single ‘liberal’ on the court in years.” He recommended:
The Post should recognize philosophical reality and refer to the “moderate” and “conservative” wings of the court, although “moderate” and “radical-conservative” would be more accurate.McNeil’s ridiculous contention that Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer and John Paul Stevens are not liberal, headlined online “There are no 'liberals' on the Supreme Court” and in the real newspaper with the blander “Mislabeling the high court,” appeared on the “Free for All” page – an extra full page of letters run each week in the Saturday newspaper.
The full letter in the Saturday, August 14 Washington Post:
The Aug. 6 front-page story about the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan referred to "a court with four solid conservatives and four firm liberals."
This usage continued a long and an inaccurate tradition that I wish The Post would change. There are not "four firm liberals" on the Supreme Court, and there hasn't been even a single "liberal" on the court in years.
The Post should recognize philosophical reality and refer to the "moderate" and "conservative" wings of the court, although "moderate" and "radical-conservative" would be more accurate.
Robert B. McNeil Jr.,