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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Bush Nominates Rorschach for Supreme Court

In a surprise move, President Bush nominated D.C. Appeals Court Judge, John Roberts, to fill the vacancy made by Justice Sandra Day O’Conner. Bush has stated that he wants a judge “…who will not legislate from the bench.” In other words, a strict constructionist who will not deprive the people of liberty by reading new values into the Constitution that the framers did not put there (paraphrasing Robert Bork).

That’s a good thing! We have suffered too long under the legacy inherited from the Warren Court (and those that followed) where they essentially circumvented democracy by imposing their own political views on the rest of us.

If a strict constructionist is what Bush wants, then why nominate Roberts? Roberts tenure on the bench has been brief. As such, there is not much there for conservatives to rally around. Likewise, there is not much for liberal opposition groups to latch onto either. Perhaps that is just the point. Bush may be afraid of another filibuster debate. Rumor has it that Roberts will not face a problem getting confirmed. In fact, Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) has more or less said so himself when he stated that Roberts was “in the ballpark.”

Conservatives were vocal in the support for Roberts because of his statement regarding the infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. According to a brief Roberts co-wrote for Bush 41, Roe v. Wade was “wrongly decided”. I guess that is supposed to warm my heart over. Conservatives should not forget their history lessons. If they will recall, Ruth Bader Ginsburg made a similar statement, and she has not exactly emanated conservative values.

Bush is taking a big risk here – but no need to worry. The President assures us that Roberts is conservative – just like his father assured us about David Souter. In my opinion, he should have nominated someone with a clearer track record. Instead, as Ann Coulter put it, he has “nominated Rorschach”. What exactly does Roberts stand for? Bush is hoping that he stands for conservative values, because if he is wrong, the Christian right is going to throw him to the lions!


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