Harry Reid’s Lukewarm Statement
John Roberts, he says, has “suitable legal credentials.”
He has to prove his commitment to “freedom, equality, and fairness”
Another Reason It Should Be Hard to Give Him a Hard Time
Roberts’ nomination to the appellate court attracted support from both sites of the ideological spectrum. Some 126 members of the District of Columbia Bar, including officials of the Clinton administration, signed a letter urging his confirmation. The letter said Roberts was one of the “very best and most highly respected appellate lawyers in the nation” and that his reputation as a “brilliant writer and oral advocate” was well deserved.
I Do Love
that the president has not established the O’Connor seat as a Women’s Only seat. And, ahem, they said he couldn’t do it.
What National Journal has Said About Roberts
“John Roberts seems a good bet to be the kind of judge we should all want to have — all of us, that is, who are looking less for congenial ideologues than for professionals committed to the impartial application of the law.”
Dems will, of course, find a way to give him a hard time, but they’ve got the obstacle of having fairly recently put him through the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation deal fairly recently for his D.C. Circuit seat–May 2003.
If he is confirmed without too much to-do, my faith in the judicial nomination process might be restored. I recently told a liberal friend that Roberts truly is the “best available” nominee. When she asked what that meant (and wondered “if Roberts is a old white guy or worse a middle aged white guy?” I responded as follows:
John Roberts was confirmed to the D.C. Circuit court of Appeals in the last few years, though he was first nominated in 1991 by Bush 41. He is a “middle-aged white guy,” but he is universally regarded as among the best Supreme Court advocate in the nation, bar none. He clerked for Rehnquist, was deputy SG, is a remarkable oral advocate and a sharp legal mind. He is liked and admired by all of the current justices, who regularly look forward to cases in which he is representing one of the parties because of the quality of his work. If a case is winnable, he will win it. It is a travesty he was not confirmed to the D.C. Circuit in the 1990s when first nominated. Setting aside ideology — and he has a sterling conservative reputation despite the relative lack of a paper trail — he is close to the Platonic ideal of what a Supreme Court nominee should be.
That’s making use of the presidential Scotus power!
So I guess
Judge Roberts is back from London.
As much as I would like it to be Jones, those casting bets in her favor are wrong. I’ve got very solid information that it will not be her. Place your bets.
My Question Right Now
Is anyone reading in John Roberts class in Georgetown’s London program? Want to tell me if he taught today? (Ann Compton supposedly said he is D.C. I don’t know if she was assuming that or knows it.)
is asking Stuart Taylor temperament kinda questions on Roberts on his show right now. I sense he’s getting the same vibe I’ve been getting the last hours or so.
More Ann Compton
Passing on secondhand:
Compton did note that it can’t be Edith Jones because she was in Houston at
4 p.m. (but who’s to say she can’t make it to Washington juuuuust in time if she left at 5 p.m.). Another commonly floated nominee is in Philly [I'm unclear who--anyone know where Mary Ann Glendon is? I can dream.] and John Roberts is in town.
I’m just told: Not Luttig. Ann Compton said so on a WMAL talk show two minutes ago that ABC sources say it’s not Luttig, for what that’s worth.
Did Major Garrett Just Say
that he expects it won’t be anyone who can be perceived as “an angry white man”? I assume there’s no other kind of white male? With every comment like that I become more and more convinced Bush will do the impossible.
Here’s my question: Supposedly when O’Connor was chosen everywoman got goosebumps, wanted to hug her…will men have the same reax if John Roberts is the nominee?
I’ll be on around 10pm. For those that don’t get his show locally, you should be able to listen in through his website here.
While I am not terribly surprised to see the Luttig children in proper attire in DC even if there is not a special occasion, the fact that Luttig is there is interesting. After all, he was down in Richmond this morning to hear oral arguments in the Padilla case, so he clearly had to beat feet back.