Federalist Society Downplays Its Power

It seems like it was just a few days ago that I was pointing out that the Federalist Society’s claims that it was just some non-political debating society was entirely bogus. 

Now comes an article in the Washington Post saying that, after eight years of driving the Bush Administration’s “efforts to change the federal judiciary,” the Federalist Society must now be prepared to find itself out in the wilderness, which Federalist Society head Leonard Leo laughed off, saying that nothing would really change because the organization was really just a debating society all along:

Federalist Society executive vice president Leonard A. Leo laughed when asked about the wilderness remark, saying, “I know the media likes to talk about us in terms of power and influence.” But he said the group’s primary goal has always been discussion of legal interpretation and limited constitutional government, and that that “remains as important as it was on November 3rd.”

Leo can laugh all he wants, but his days of working hand-in-glove with the Bush Administration to get its nominees confirmed are over and while he can try and pretend that they never really had that much influence, anyone who has paid any attention to the judicial confirmation battles over the last several years knows the truth about just how deeply he and his organization were involved and fully expects them to be just as involved, albeit in trying to prevent confirmations, during the Obama administration.