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Leonard Leo Quotes

[But Roberts has the advantage of being well known to the justices, having argued 39 cases before the Supreme Court.] He can pull it off because they really respect him, ... What other justices look for in a chief justice is honesty, straight-shooting and smarts. That's what they want and that's what they'll get.
Leonard Leo
#Advantage

The president's still got substantial approval and popularity among the conservative base in this country, and this is one of the most important issues for that group. I don't think this is a winning issue for Democrats, and I suspect that the president feels very comfortable making this decision based on what philosophically and substantively is right for the country.
Leonard Leo
#Approval

There would be a moment of silence when she was clearly thinking about what was being said and then she would challenge it, asking, 'But what specifically in those opinions strongly suggests that this is someone who ascribes to judicial restraint?
Leonard Leo
#Silence

Documents that she's prepared as executive counsel to the president will be subject to executive privilege.
Leonard Leo
#Privilege

Conservatives should be very happy with this selection.
Leonard Leo
#Conservatives

It took a degree of courage for Harriet to be involved in that. The ABA is a place where there was an awful lot of liberal activism, so it took some courage for a woman to take the position she did.
Leonard Leo
#Courage

That took the kind of courage and determination you want on the Supreme Court,
Leonard Leo
#Courage

We're supposed to think the Democrats are being magnanimous? Give me a break.
Leonard Leo
#Democrats

[He was the] Teflon ... that makes it very, very hard for liberals to bruise him.
Leonard Leo
#Liberals

I think the Democrats have decided that their strategy is going to be to keep the margin of victory as low as possible to condition the environment for a big fight on the next nomination. The [White House] response is very simple: to nominate whoever we want in the future, because Democrats will oppose whoever we nominate.
Leonard Leo
#Democrats

that they were very interested in making sure that the president nominated a second individual who shared the philosophy of judicial restraint.
Leonard Leo
#Philosophy

He can pull it off because they really respect him. What other justices look for in a chief justice is honesty, straight-shooting and smarts. That's what they want and that's what they'll get.
Leonard Leo
#Justice

OPEN-MINDED COUNTRY
Leonard Leo
#Country

What John Roberts' demeanor and testimony showed is that to be a judicial conservative is to be mainstream.
Leonard Leo
#Conservative

Schumer pressed him very hard on accepting the word 'general' in the context of right to privacy, and he refused to do so. That says something very meaningful about the way in which he thinks about the right to privacy.
Leonard Leo
#Privacy

What John Roberts's demeanor and testimony showed is that to be a judicial conservative is to be mainstream,
Leonard Leo
#Conservative

[Not at all, said Leonard Leo, on leave from the conservative Federalist Society to promote the confirmation effort.] What he said about privacy is, in substance, no different from what other recent nominees have said, . . . Justice Clarence Thomas in particular, ... was almost as though you were having a glimpse into the way a judge would sit in his chambers and do the analysis: . . . Maybe there are times when a jolt in the legal system is acceptable.
Leonard Leo
#Conservative