Skip to comments.BUSH PICKS John G. Roberts
Posted on 07/19/2005 4:44:48 PM PDT by freedrudgeEdited on 07/19/2005 4:52:02 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
President Bush has chosen federal appeals court judge John G. Roberts Jr. as his nominee to the Supreme Court, a senior administration official says...
Lauras gonna be pissed!
I went for the deek. Nice move Mr. President. Just when I thought the Republicans were missing a pair.
so both have a strategy to push harder.....
Not Bill Murray, it's Tony Randall's cousin.
Here's our guy
LET'S GET IT ON!
I think I saw that picture on the show "Hippo Beach." No, the hippo did not have breasts that large. Sorry, my mistake.
Well we'll have to see if any of the GOP senators have any.
President Bush chose federal appeals court judge John G. Roberts Jr. on Tuesday as his first nominee for the Supreme Court, selecting a rock solid conservative whose nomination could trigger a tumultuous battle over the direction of the nation's highest court, senior administration officials said.
Bush offered the position to Roberts in a telephone call at 12:35 p.m. after a luncheon with the visiting prime minister of Australia, John Howard. He was to announce it later with a flourish in a nationally broadcast speech to the nation.
Roberts has been on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since June 2003 after being picked for that seat by Bush.
Advocacy groups on the right say that Roberts, a 50-year-old native of Buffalo, N.Y., who attended Harvard Law School, is a bright judge with strong conservative credentials he burnished in the administrations of former Presidents Bush and Reagan. While he has been a federal judge for just a little more than two years, legal experts say that whatever experience he lacks on the bench is offset by his many years arguing cases before the Supreme Court.
Liberal groups, however, say Roberts has taken positions in cases involving free speech and religious liberty that endanger those rights. Abortion rights groups allege that Roberts is hostile to women's reproductive freedom and cite a brief he co-wrote in 1990 that suggested the Supreme Court overturn
Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 high court decision that legalized abortion.
"The court's conclusion in Roe that there is a fundamental right to an abortion ... finds no support in the text, structure or history of the Constitution," the brief said.
In his defense, Roberts told senators during his 2003 confirmation hearing that he would be guided by legal precedent. "Roe v. Wade is the settled law of the land. ... There is nothing in my personal views that would prevent me from fully and faithfully applying that precedent."
While he doesn't have national name recognition, Roberts is a Washington insider who has worked over the years at the White House, Justice Department and in private practice.
In the Reagan administration, Roberts was special assistant to the attorney general and associate counsel to the president. Between 1989 and 1993, he was principal deputy solicitor general,the government's second highest lawyer who argues cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
In the early 1980s, Roberts was a clerk for Rehnquist before Reagan elevated the retiring jurist to the top chair in 1986.
It was Rehnquist who presided over the swearing-in ceremony when Roberts took his seat on the appeals court for the District of Columbia. It took a while for Roberts to get on the bench. He was nominated for the court in 1992 by the first President Bush and again by the president in 2001. The nominations died in the Senate both times. He was renominated in January 2003 and joined the court in June 2003.
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.
"He has been a judge for only two years and authored about 40 opinions, only three of which have drawn any dissent," said Wendy Long, a lawyer representing the conservative Judicial Confirmation Network, adding that his record appears to suit Bush's desire to nominate a judge who will apply the law, as written, and leave policy decisions to the elected branches of government.
...uh...Bush could "promote from within"....
A lactating hippo is more like it.
U bad....bawhahahhahahaa...gotta love it!!
That is likely, though perhaps not if Rhenquist is the next to go. This nomination doesn't overturn RvW, but when a lib steps down, he'll probably nominate a woman. As someone else posted, probably better not to have RvW overturned by 8 men. Get a conservative woman in on shooting it down, and it is politically more acceptable.
Anyway, we got our first good solid conservative pick. Yee-haw!
You can say that again. LOL He probably got a chuckle out of all the 'Edith' discussion going on.
So, do you think John Roberts is 'mainstream' enough to be confirmed without a fight from the Dims? ('cause I'd worry about the his judicial quality if confirmation is too easy.) :^]
Roberts, whatever his qualifications, would have been easier to defeat for CJ.
I was fooled. I was sure it was gonna be a woman. Not that I have anything against a woman, I just hate the sense of inevitability that our culture now attaches to the "diversity" game. Ie: since it was O'Connor's seat, it had to go to a woman. Props to Team Bush.
Well, if we can't have Michael Savage, I guess this guy will do.
I hope this guy is conservative as he seems....like some have said already....the more liberals scream the more we know Bush made the right choice.
Whats the over under in days before he's smeared as racist, homophobic, a god squader, or all of the above? And who will be the first senator to attack him personally?
I say 1 day and Boxer.
By the way wouldnt it be great for him to be personally attacked in conf hearings and have him challenge a senator to a dual over honor. That would be STRONG!!!!