Glenn Reynolds, the infamous Instapundit, has a Salon piece taking the Republicans to task for their ill-fated and ill-advised intervention in the Schiavo case, just as Judge Birch and many other conservatives have. Reynolds tends to the libertarian side of conservatism, being pro-gay rights and generally opposed to morals legislation. Unlike Judge Birch, he is certainly not a social conservative. He wrote an excellent law review paper on Robert Bork’s 9th amendment difficulties that I read long before I knew about him as a blogger or even about blogging. It’s nice to see so many conservatives standing up and saying this was wrong. The only people who seem not to recognize that are the hardcore religious right people like Jay Sekulow, Pat Buchanan, James Dobson and Alan Keyes. I think those people have demonstrated that there is no need for anyone to take them seriously the next time they scream about “judicial activism” or any such nonsense. They don’t mean it; hell, they don’t even know what it means. It’s just a catchphrase they like to throw around, even while being judicial activists themselves when it suits their goals.