Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Bush Names John G. Roberts Jr to High Court

President Bush has named John G. Roberts Jr, 50, to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. Roberts currently serves the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He's a Harvard guy, and a former Rehnquist clerk. There's several issues concerning this nomination. First, at 50, Roberts gives new meaning to the term lifetime appointment. He will most likely be able to serve the high court for the next 30-35 years. If you're a liberal, this is not good news. Next, Roberts has little judicial experience, having been named to the D.C. Circuit just 20 months ago by Bush. Prior, Roberts was an attorney at the Washington law firm, Hogan & Hartson, from 1986 to 1989 and from 1993 to 2003. Therefore, there's little paper trail here on his judicial opinions. However, with regard to the emotionally-charged issue of abortion, there are indeed arguments and briefs made--while Roberts served the government as one of its top Supreme Court lawyers--that will no doubt give
pro-choicers cause for alarm. All that said, the situation could be worse, and we could be stuck with someone more in the mold of Scalia and Thomas. Remember, all but 3 Dem's voted for Roberts back in '03. His appointment wasn't so controversial then, and it isn't now. I would like to see the Democrats accept their fate here and move on. We need to get right back to the Karl Rove scandal, and get the media's and the nation's focus back on that. Rove's resignation would be a major coup for us. It's all about choosing one's battles, folks. Andy

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