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July 20, 2005

So who is John Roberts?

As I'm sure you've heard, President Bush nominated John Roberts to replace Sandra Day O'Connor. Bush seems to not be the kind to let too many accurate leaks out. I'm used to politicians letting the press know anything and everything before they ever approach a mic. The press are too, which would explain why they wanted everyone to think their guesses were so sure -- except they were miles off.

Anyway, WorldNetDaily has this about Roberts...

Notably, Roberts co-wrote a Supreme Court brief for the first Bush administration arguing the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that overturned state laws banning abortion was wrongly decided.

Meanwhile the LA Times says...

The conservatives' gleeful language contrasted predictably with words of caution from abortion rights activists and liberals who vowed to oppose Roberts' confirmation. But unlike Supreme Court battles of the past — such as the 1987 defeat of nominee Robert H. Bork — Republicans are in control of the Senate and have the votes to put Roberts on the bench.

The Washington Post says...

But in the frenzied aftermath of Bush's selection of Roberts, it was unclear whether his nomination would produce the battle royale that was widely anticipated. Liberal activist Jesse L. Jackson, NARAL and some other groups immediately opposed Roberts, whom they view as hostile to abortion rights, but many other liberal groups looked at his relatively spare judicial record -- he ascended to the appeals court bench in 2003 -- and were left as many questions as answers.


As a long-standing member of the Republican National Lawyers Association who gave Gov. Jeb Bush (R) private legal advice during the 2000 presidential election recount in Florida, Roberts has clear political loyalties. As a former clerk to then-Associate Justice William H. Rehnquist, a protege of former solicitor general Kenneth W. Starr and a member of the Federalist Society, he has solid conservative credentials.

Of course you have to remember that, to the Liberals at the Washington Post, Rehnquist, like anyone right of Fidel Castro, is a “Conservative”. It does seem Roberts “Conservative” credentials are more associative than ideological. That has always been the problem. Republicans nominate people with uncertain viewpoints in order to get them past the Liberals, while Liberals nominate ACLU socialists, and seem to have no problem. I wish Bush had nominated someone with more solid identification with real Conservative principles.

Howard “Tin-Foil Hat” Dean on the other hand, sees a sinister plot brewing...

Faced with a growing scandal surrounding the involvement of Deputy White House chief of Staff Karl Rove and Vice President Cheney's Chief of Staff Lewis Libby in leaking the identity of a covert CIA operative, President Bush announced his nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court late this evening. It is disappointing that when President Bush had the chance to bring the country together, he instead turned to a nominee who may have impressive legal credentials, but also has sharp partisan credentials that cannot be ignored.

Fred Barnes in the Daily Standard says...

More than any decision in Bush's second term, conservatives around the country have been focused on what he'd do when faced with a Supreme Court vacancy. Their hope was for a demonstrably conservative nominee with a streak of daring. In Roberts, they didn't get one, at least from all appearances. He's an establishment conservative, respected as a private attorney and admired as a judge. Audacious he is not. On the other hand, there's little concern that he might drift sharply to the left as Justice David Souter, nominated by the elder President Bush, has.

The London Guardian seems to be the most straight forward, so far, under the headlines “Newsview: Roberts Not Overly Conservative”...

Conservative leaders said they would have been happier with Bush's short-list candidates who have longer and clearer record of conservatism, such as Judge J. Michael Luttig of the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., and Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Appeals Court based in Washington.

But they feel they narrowly avoided disaster when rumors spread through Washington that Bush had selected Judge Edith Clement, a federal appeals court judge who is considered more moderate than Roberts.

From Forbes...

Supreme Court nominee John Roberts Jr. has impeccable conservative credentials...

Of course to Forbes Republicans, money seems to be all that matters.

On the positive side, NARAL calls him an “anti-choice activist”. They outline their complaints here. That's nice since whatever reason they would have to oppose Roberts would be another reason to support him.

The group Rush Limbaugh calls the National Association of Gals (NOW) is also whining about him. Mark another one up in his favor.

Kathryn Jean Lopez in the National Review says that Robert's wife once served as executive vice-president for Feminists for Life. Y'know I could never really understand why that group isn't an oxymoron. If you take away the pro-abortion crap, what else do feminists do?

It seems our favorite RINO, John McCain, likes Roberts. The hippos don't seem to be as pleased. Nor do the weasels.

Coverage: Michelle Malkin, Riehl World View, Scared Monkeys, Captain's Quarters, Confirm Them, PolitPundit, Right Wing News (also here), Volokh, WizBang, Roger L. Simons, Outside the Beltway, Kim du Toit, Jawa Report, Blogs for Bush, RW Conspiracy, Ace of Spades, Indepundit, Stop the ACLU

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 20, 2005 06:14 AM

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