Skip to comments.Chief justice favored Roberts
Posted on 09/05/2005 10:54:30 PM PDT by Kay
Judge John G. Roberts Jr. was long regarded as the best Supreme Court lawyer in the nation by the very man whose shoes President Bush has chosen him to fill.
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who died Saturday, played a key role in shaping Judge Roberts by making him a pupil during the early 1980s and propelling his career as a lawyer and federal judge in subsequent years.
Ted Cruz, who clerked for Chief Justice Rehnquist during the mid-1990s, recalled that he and fellow clerks once asked their boss whom he considered to be the most superior Supreme Court litigator.
When Mr. Bush nominated Judge Roberts to replace outgoing Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, some suggested that it might have been more poetic had Judge Roberts been nominated to replace Chief Justice Rehnquist, because it was under the chief justice's wing that his career in Washington blossomed.
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For all we know, perhaps Rehnquist suggested Roberts to Bush personally.
I'm thinking that's a really good guess
I hope Dershowitz has to try a case before Roberts.
No, it would have been most poetic to have Rehnquist swear in Roberts. Some things were not meant to be, I suppose.
Dershowitz! No class. No tact. Denigrated Chief Justice Rehnquist on the very night he died.
What goes around comes around.
Now that Roberts is being nominated as "Chief Justice to the Supreme Court" instead of plain old "Supreme Court Justice", the Democrats in the Senate will need lots more time to "reconsider" the nomination because this CHANGES EVERYTHING.
But they'll put that on hold because now they need to get on with the REALLY important business of the Senate, like holding hearings on why George Bush used hurricane Katrina to murder African-Americans living in New Orleans while helping his oil buddies price gouge at the gasoline pump.
(I pity the fool who needs the sarcasm tag.)
Obviously Ann Coulter never talked with the Chief about John G Roberts, Jr.
What makes you say that Jonathan Turley hates Roberts?
Hate might be to strong a word.
That's a very distinct possibility that I hadn't thought of before.
Thanks for the info.
Had dinner with several relatives tonight after work. 2 of them think that Bush will lose Roberts now that he is renominated to Chief Justice. But when I asked them who they thought Bush should have nominated, they had no answer.
The Dems trapped themselves. When SDO announced her retirement they anointed her and said the PRES cannot replace a Woman swing vote with a white male conservative. Now he is replacing one white male conservative with another. They have no ammunition against him.
"(I pity the fool who needs the sarcasm tag.)"
LOL! I'll drink to tha-a-a-a.........say what???
I pity the fool who needs the sarcasm tag for that.
"I like this quote from Jonathan Turley who obviously hates John G. Roberts.
No, the court is not likely to change John Roberts, but Roberts will almost certainly change the court."
That could go either way.
That's something I have been thinking as well, but I never posted. After all, Roberts WAS Rehnquist's clerk and I assume they got to know each other pretty well.
Does Dirtbag even have permission to argue before the SCOTUS? Not every lawyer does, you know.
I learned that as recently as yesterday, and it makes alot of sense. Rehnquist would have had alot of confidence in Roberts, and may have even played a roll in getting the ball rolling on the initial announcement several weeks ago. I can remember alot of FReepers had no clue who Roberts was at the time. I know I didn't, beyond being one of the best litigators to enter the halls of the USSC.
Probably as much permission as Bubba. LOL!
So who does the swearing-in, since there is no more Chief Justice. I assume Roberts won't swear himself in.
But then, I've always been a BIG Rehnquist fan, so perhaps that's why I knew.
At least Rehnquist was alive to see Roberts get nominated.
As have I. Afterall, Reagan nominated him. :)
BIGSKYFREEPER ANSWERED: "Probably as much permission as Bubba. LOL!"
NOPARDONS WROTE: "Bubba could, but no more...that privilege, and YES, it is a privilege, was taken away from the Slick one."
I think Klinton's law license was only forfeited for 5 years. It would think the time would be up by now.
But since Slick NEVER once really practiced law, in the private sector, it really is all for appearances anyway.
And Justice Rehnquist was a Savoyard; as I am. :-)
Bubba's law license was for prestige in the political arena. Most politicians are lawyers, but they've probably never litigated a single case in their entire lives, except for John Edwards, who is no longer a politician. LOL!
You are so right. That is what government, and our representatives, is all supposed to be about. Now we hear only about pork and bringing home the bacon to one's district.
Most citizens want good government and could care less about a new post office or a highway named Robert Byrd Thruway. The military can't make good decisions about bases because some politician complains about losing local jobs if a base closes. Most of us don't care. We just want efficiency and what is best for the military and for the country.
Things have been that way a long time but political decorum broke down in the sixties when the long latent left came out of the closet and threw all the rules to the wind. Now they are determined to control even as a minority, which is really what they always do even when in power. They represent few of the population but they control the most import levers - the media, the unions, and the education system.
Good that you added that. I have made post as ridiculous that were taken seriously.
I like Turley, usually, but that is just professional jealousy.
Good point, and following up with a woman to replace O'Conner would seem a coup de grace. One problem. We are talking about liberals who have no problem with hypocrisy and doing an immediate about face. They always find some lame excuse and the MSM goes merrily along its way and the Republicans do to.
"Good point, and following up with a woman to replace O'Conner would seem a coup de grace. One problem. We are talking about liberals who have no problem with hypocrisy and doing an immediate about face. They always find some lame excuse and the MSM goes merrily along its way and the Republicans do to."
How about a minority woman? (Hint hint)
I imagine Stevens -- being acting CJ -- would swear in Roberts.
Nixon put him on the Supreme Court, Reagan elevated him to Chief Justice.
The dems are just throwing up new smoke on Roberts regarding being Chief Justice. Just a stalling tactic. Chieft Justice is a nice title and all. However, you still just have one vote, and your influence is not any greater on the other justices. Isn't chief justice basically the CEO/Office Manager for the USSC?
A minority woman would be wonderful. That wouldn't stop the despicable conduct of the Dems but it would reflect more poorly on them than if they were attacking a white man like Roberts.
The only material difference the Chief Justice has is to delegate which justice authors majority opinions when the Chief himself is part of the majority.
On a side note- I was watching MSNBC on my flight home from Anchorage today. Dershowitz was talking about how Roberts should not have to answer case-specific questions before the committee (i.e. Ginsberg) as it denigrates the court system and would destroy the nomination process for the future. It was a pleasing surprise.
Wow. That is pretty amazing. The paranoid side of me says " Oh no, what does Dershowitz know that we don't know?"
I wouldn't get too paranoid. I have a habit of watching cable news when I'm at home practicing my trumpet in the afternoon and I've seen that type of statement out of Dershowitz before (not that it doesn't surprise me every time). Even though his personal politics don't really line up with anyone in Freeperland, has does seem to have a very deep respect for the American judicial system. I can't really cite anything specific-you're just gonna have to take my word for it.
Not that that makes him any less of a tool. Har Har.
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