On the Trail of the Latest High Court Contender Tony Mauro Legal Times 06-06-2005 He's the latest flavor of the week on the rapidly changing menu of potential Supreme Court nominees: Michael McConnell, a mild-mannered yet controversial judge from Utah who skis and hikes and last year taught a course on Plato's "Republic." But as scrutiny of his record intensifies, it's hard for many to decide exactly what McConnell is: conservative, liberal, or a perplexing blend of both. Capitol Hill sources and other players in the increasingly frenzied Supreme Court sweepstakes place McConnell, a judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, at or near the top of the short list of possible picks for the high court if a vacancy occurs later this month. And while some liberals like McConnell, others are gearing up for a battle royal against him, especially over his sharp opposition to abortion rights and his deep support for school vouchers and for aid to parochial schools. "He is very troubling, and very likely," says Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. - rest at SOURCE Pretty much anyone, or anything, that Barry Lynn is against is usually a good reason to be for such a one or thing. It looks to me that he has enough of a libertarian streak among his conservatism(as I also do) to cause problems for the liberals in opposing him. He once wrote that Roe v. Wade is "an embarrassment to those who take constitutional law seriously." Bill Kristol calls him "probably the leading constitutional thinker of his generation".