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  • 'Gang of 14' backing Roberts

    09/27/2005 11:40:00 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 8 replies · 648+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 28 September 2005 | Charles Hurt
    The "Gang of 14" senators who brokered the end to judicial filibusters has so far stuck together in unanimously supporting the nomination of federal Judge John G. Roberts Jr. to be the next Supreme Court chief justice. That stamp of approval, Republican leaders say, paves the way for a smoother confirmation of the next Supreme Court nominee. "The process has been handled very well," Majority Whip Mitch McConnell told reporters yesterday. "The outcome will be largely bipartisan. I think that's very good for the Senate, because in many ways the Senate itself was on trial here." Specifically, Republican leaders say,...
  • Specter will back Roberts for court

    09/20/2005 6:38:25 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 25 replies · 716+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 21 September 2005 | Charles Hurt
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter announced his support yesterday for the nomination of federal Judge John G. Roberts Jr. as Supreme Court chief justice. "After listening to Judge John Roberts testify for nearly 17 hours and then hearing from 31 witnesses -- some for and some against his nomination -- I have decided to vote to confirm him to be chief justice of the United States," Mr. Specter said in a speech yesterday on the Senate floor. Although Mr. Specter is the panel's top Republican, his support for the conservative jurist was not a foregone conclusion. The Pennsylvanian often...
  • Roberts' Kids Steal Show As Hearings Open

    09/12/2005 10:37:26 AM PDT · by katieanna · 37 replies · 2,195+ views
    AP ^ | 9/12/2005 | Nancy Benac
    WASHINGTON - Jack and Josie came in right on cue, trailing their father, the man in line to be the next chief justice of the United States. Senators stooped first to greet the youngsters, 5-year-old Josie, in her baby blue party dress and white headband, and 4-year-old Jack, in his blue blazer, bow tie and short gray flannel pants. Only then did the senators rise to welcome Dad, also known as John Roberts
  • Left Unloads On John Roberts (Rush Has Had It With Phony Dem "Centrist" BS Alert)

    08/25/2005 6:17:16 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 1 replies · 493+ views
    Rush ^ | 08/25/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I mentioned in the last hour that the left is just unloading today on Judge John Roberts. Virtually every fringe lib group that you've heard of (and some that you haven't heard of) are issuing press releases and faxes and the American media is dutifully bending over forwards and backwards to give them the credibility that none of them have earned and deserve. Making them all sound bigger and more powerful and relevant than they are. Before we get to details of that, there's this today from the Los Angeles Times: "On High Court Vote, Centrist Democrats Caught in...
  • Web boosts glare on Roberts

    08/22/2005 11:45:50 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 5 replies · 337+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 23 August 2005 | Stephen Dinan
    John G. Roberts Jr. will end up the most-scrutinized Supreme Court selection in history, due in large part to the Internet, which has made it easier to look at his writings and to rally for or against his nomination. Thousands of pages of his writings are available on the National Archives' Web site, and every opinion that Judge Roberts has written during two years on a federal appeals court also is available. Unlike earlier nominations, this time the press is no longer the sole source of information. This time, senators, lawyers and laymen alike can dissect Judge Roberts' record firsthand...
  • Democrats Split on Tactics for Confirmation Hearings

    08/22/2005 6:04:39 AM PDT · by katieanna · 2 replies · 356+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 22, 2005 | David D. Kirkpatrick
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 - Two weeks before senators begin questioning the Supreme Court nominee, John G. Roberts Jr., the debate over his confirmation is becoming a test of Senate Democrats as well. The party's liberal base, whose contributions during judicial confirmation fights earlier this year have helped the Senate Democratic campaign fund amass twice as much as its Republican rival, is pressing for another vigorous fight against Judge Roberts as documents from the Reagan administration clarify his conservative credentials.
  • The Real Roberts (Conservatives Never Learn From Being Duped By Souter/Kennedy Clones Alert)

    08/12/2005 12:18:19 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 56 replies · 1,443+ views ^ | 08/12/05 | Joseph Farah
    I predicted it. I told you those expected to oppose the nomination of John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court would come around after realizing they got their wish – another Anthony Kennedy or David Souter. It's happening. Just check out the column earlier this week by the Washington Post's Richard Cohen. This is the beginning. Soon you will see some of the most partisan Democrats in the U.S. Senate coming around. Mark my words. Cohen's commentary is not directed to Republicans in the Senate, who will support the nomination by President Bush unanimously. It is directed to those who...
  • No On Roberts (Joseph Farah Slams Conservatives For Being Bamboozled By White House Alert)

    08/07/2005 10:20:55 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 345 replies · 6,201+ views
    World Net ^ | 08/08/05 | Joseph Farah
    I don't know who makes me sicker – President Bush or the "conservatives" who continue to back him and his sell-out choice for the U.S. Supreme Court. The conservatives eagerly jumped in to throw their support to the unknown John Roberts as soon as the choice to replace Sandra Day O'Connor was announced. On what basis? The guy was a blank slate – like David Souter and Anthony Kennedy before him. Then, last week, the Los Angeles Times broke the story that Roberts had volunteered his services – pro bono – to help prepare a landmark homosexual activist case to...
  • Abortion backers fear 'hostile' Roberts

    08/04/2005 6:46:38 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 14 replies · 422+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5 August 2005 | Charles Hurt
    Pro-choice advocates say documents released this week from the National Archives suggest that federal Judge John G. Roberts Jr. would vote to curtail abortion rights if confirmed to the Supreme Court. "We are gravely concerned this new information could indicate John Roberts holds a hostile position on the fundamental right to privacy," Karen Pearl, interim president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said after reading a draft article Judge Roberts wrote in 1981 as a lawyer in the Reagan administration. "The draft article attacks the very bedrock of reproductive freedom." The 1981 draft article about judicial restraint raises deeper...
  • Roberts Answers Judiciary Panel Questionnaire

    08/02/2005 11:18:25 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 10 replies · 548+ views ^ | 3 August 2005
    WASHINGTON — John Roberts pledged Tuesday to respect established rulings if confirmed to the Supreme Court, saying judges must recognize that their role is "not to solve society's problems." With few appeals court rulings by Roberts to go on, lawmakers and special interest groups have been poring over the nominee's writings to try to determine his legal philosophy. Roberts provided some new insight in answers to a lengthy questionnaire from the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will begin considering Roberts' nomination on Sept. 6. Still, the 84-page disclosure, which was released late Tuesday during Congress' monthlong recess, contained no smoking gun....
  • Democrats vow not to take out anger on Roberts (L.A. ALERT!)

    08/01/2005 9:50:06 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 31 replies · 713+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2 August 2005 | James G. Lakely and Stephen Dinan
    Congressional Democrats yesterday called President Bush's recess appointment of John R. Bolton as U.N. ambassador an "abuse of power," but said any ill will would not affect the prospects of his Supreme Court nominee, Judge John G. Roberts Jr. "Each nomination's unique," said Rebecca Kirszner, a spokeswoman for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat. "The willingness of the White House to allow Congress to perform its duty is certainly a factor for all nominations. "The Roberts nomination will be judged on its own merits," she said. Sen. Edward M. (Lard Ass) Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat who is expected to...
  • Roberts Nomination Raises the Issue of the Role of Religious Faith in Public Life

    08/01/2005 7:28:15 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 18 replies · 510+ views
    NY Times ^ | 2 August 2005 | PETER STEINFELS
    Scarcely had Judge John G. Roberts been chosen for the Supreme Court than religion reared its lovely head. And just as swiftly, opponents and supporters of the selection traded accusations over who was responsible. Were opponents playing with religious prejudice and trying to erect an unconstitutional religious test for public office? Were supporters smearing the opposition and trying to block legitimate lines of inquiry about Judge Roberts's views by charging that these amounted to anti-Catholic or anti-religious hostility? From the narrow viewpoint of this column, all this attention to religion could be welcomed as simply that much more grist for...
  • Judge John G. Roberts:Federalist Society Threatens Freedom...NOT!

    07/30/2005 11:48:57 AM PDT · by WillMalven · 9 replies · 569+ views
    The Tin Ear ^ | 7/26/05 | Will Malven
    In an editorial today, the “hightly respected” New York Times is asking whether or not Judge John G. Roberts is a member of the-hold on to your seats now-Federalist Society-ooh, aah, are you frightened yet? The implication by the Left is that the Federalist Society is some sort of shadowy, cabalistic, perhaps even malevolent, group of hooded, incantation speaking, lawyer-sorcerers who, having sold their souls to the Devil, are intent on corrupting and taking over the Government of the United States. Now once I move beyond my usual sarcastic attitude about trial lawyers and my tendency to say “Of course...
  • Keeping the faithful

    07/28/2005 7:52:21 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 1 replies · 258+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 29 July 2005 | Michael Goodwin
    Of the things that separate Americans politically, the "God gap" may be the most powerful. Republicans enjoy a big advantage among voters who are religious and, if Democrats aren't careful, the Supreme Court confirmation battle over John Roberts could turn the gap into a chasm. Religion is already raising its head as the Senate preps for its September hearings on Roberts. A devout Catholic, he has been asked by at least two senators about the role his faith would play in judicial decisions. The answers have been confusing: According to one senator, Roberts said he would have no trouble following...
  • JOHN G. ROBERTS JR.: Opponent of civil rights

    07/28/2005 5:51:10 PM PDT · by rwa265 · 21 replies · 861+ views
    AS A BRASH, 20-SOMETHING LAWYER in the Reagan administration, John G. Roberts Jr. was a conservative's conservative, urging fellow Reaganites to more faithfully pursue a conservative agenda. Documents from Mr. Roberts' days in the Justice Department and the White House counsel's office in the early 1980s raise questions about the U.S. Supreme Court nominee's commitment to the role of the federal courts in protecting religious freedom, abortion rights and equality. Mr. Roberts was a 27-year-old special assistant to Attorney General William French Smith at a time when the Reagan administration was working to reverse long-standing civil rights policies. Mr. Roberts...
  • An Advocate for the Right

    07/27/2005 8:02:43 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 4 replies · 435+ views
    NY Times ^ | 28 July 2005 | DAVID E. ROSENBAUM
    WASHINGTON, July 27 - The early 1980's were a heady time for conservatives in Washington. Ronald Reagan was president, and after years on the outside, some of the strongest voices in the conservative movement - men like Edwin Meese III, James G. Watt, William Bradford Reynolds and Theodore B. Olson - were in high positions in the government and were determined to reverse what they believed to be years of liberal policies in areas like civil rights, environmental protection, criminal law and immigration. John G. Roberts, a young lawyer in the Justice Department in 1981 and 1982 and on the...
  • Let Judge Roberts Answer The Questions - (David Limbaugh asks: What is there to fear?)

    07/25/2005 7:44:07 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 403+ views
    I may be going against the conservative grain here, but I am not as bothered by the prospect of questions from Senate Judiciary Committee members seeking to determine how John Roberts' judicial philosophy might guide him in considering certain specific questions of constitutional law, including abortion. I certainly agree that judicial nominees should not telegraph how they intend to vote on a particular case that is either before or on its way to the Court, but I think both sides have used this more as an excuse to shield their respective nominees. There are limited other ways to determine a...
  • Advise, Consent or Dissent... But Don’t Obstruct! - (SCOTUS never meant for partisan pols!)

    07/25/2005 6:52:26 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 6 replies · 413+ views
    Even Democrats are beginning to sense that the American people have had about enough of their mindless obstructionist tactics. Most of us know what the Constitution says. The President has the sole right to appoint Supreme Court nominees and the Senate has the obligation to offer advice, then their consent or dissent as the case may be. We understand that the Democrats power is limited to underhanded character assassination leading up to another abuse of the filibuster. Who do you think removed them from all other forms of power in Washington? But despite the recent “damn the torpedoes elitists” mindset...
  • Post Goes for the Jugular of Roberts' Children - (how tacky, but how predictable!)

    07/25/2005 5:50:56 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 151 replies · 4,057+ views
    Washington, DC – Traditional Values Coalition Executive Director Andrea Lafferty complained today that an article in the Washington Post about the clothes worn by Supreme Court nominee John Roberts’ children was “unfair and disappointing.” Mrs. Lafferty said in a letter sent to Post Editor Leonard Downie, Jr. that the Post has now set a new pecking order for “unfair journalism which ignores substance and slides right into chortling about form.” “If you can’t come up with something disgusting about the actual nominee or his wife then rough-up the kids some and see what happens,” Mrs. Lafferty said today. Post fashion...
  • Left’s Continuing Meltdown - (template for opposing Roberts predated announcement; libs desperate)

    07/25/2005 5:22:14 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 8 replies · 695+ views
    CONCERNED WOMEN FOR AMERICA.ORG ^ | JULY 25, 2005 | JAN LaRue, Chief Counsel
    As predicted, President Bush’s Supreme Pick, John Roberts, is generating leftist mass hysteria. John Roberts’ nomination to the Supreme Court is being widely acclaimed from the right to the left of the political spectrum because there’s no credible basis for doing otherwise. But then there’s the hyberbolic hysteria coming from the abortion-gay-environmental wing, which has been raising gazillions in order to wage a war against _______________ (fill-in-the-blank). Take for example: An “artfully” worded comment from the Feminist Majority: “I am extremely disappointed that the President did not appoint a centrist woman to fill Sandra Day O’Connor’s seat on the Supreme...
  • Hanging a chad on the choice (Mark Steyn gem!)

    07/25/2005 12:03:22 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 13 replies · 1,146+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 07/25/05 | Mark Steyn
    "Another hanging chad has dropped. His name is John G. Roberts Jr., and he undoubtedly will turn out to be opposed to abortion rights, affirmative action, an expansive view of federal powers and a reading of the Constitution that takes a properly suspicious view of the state's embrace of religion. In these and other matters -- the death penalty, for instance -- he is expected to substantially reflect the views of George W. Bush, the man who nominated him to the Supreme Court, because that was what the election of 2000 and its sequel were all about. You hang enough...
  • Feminists Tetchy Over John Roberts - (NARAL weeps, “Don’t let his choice end yours!”)

    07/23/2005 1:12:34 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 17 replies · 786+ views
    He’s neither a savage beast nor a blithering idiot. That’s the important part. Liberals’ primary argument against nearly every Republican to come down the pike can be characterized as an attack on his kindness or, more often, on his intelligence. But not this time. Susan Estrich, longtime Democratic strategist and manager of the failed Dukakis campaign, said on international television (Fox News) that Judge John G. Roberts is a “developed intellectual” and a very charming guy—as opposed to Nino Scalia, who eats kittens. Estrich did not explicitly voice support for Roberts, but she didn’t seem heartbroken. This is in sharp...
  • Lots of reasons to be worried about Justice John G. Roberts

    07/23/2005 6:45:08 AM PDT · by ratemy · 45 replies · 693+ views
    Disaffiliates ^ | Friday, July 22, 2005 | Michael Hussey
    Yesterday’s NY Times was practically begging the Senate to nominate John G. Roberts to the Supreme Court. The Time’s front page bio was a glowing review of Roberts and his “pragmatic view of the law.” David Brooks, the Times favored “conservative” used the word “love” to describe his feelings for Roberts. The headlining reader-submitted editorials were from democrats praising Roberts as “eminently qualified” and warnings to activist groups to “back off.” Three of the five reader editorials were pro-Roberts. The grey lady knows something about Roberts and she is pushing hard for this man. Assuming the Times bio is correct...
  • John Roberts, Historian

    07/23/2005 6:06:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies · 498+ views
    History News Network, WA ^ | July 22, 2005 | Rebecca Bernstein
    Judge John G. Roberts, the nominee picked by President Bush for the Supreme Court to take the place of retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Conner, has earned many honors in life, starting with several awards for papers concerned with history, which he earned while an undergraduate at Harvard University in the early 1970s. Judge Roberts graduated from Harvard in 1976 and then continued on to Harvard Law School. However, law was not always the career path he intended to take. “John loved history," recalled Roberts's college roommate, Robert N. Bush, in an interview with the Harvard Crimson, "and said he’d be...
  • Democrats 'defanged or neutered' by nominee

    07/23/2005 1:26:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies · 1,338+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | July 23, 2005 | ANITA KUMAR
    WASHINGTON - Democrats and liberal special interest groups had been primed for a fight over President Bush's nominee to the Supreme Court, expecting it would prove the Republican party was moving to the extreme right. Instead, Bush gave them Judge John G. Roberts Jr. He is smart, graduating from Harvard in three years. He is well-qualified, arguing 39 cases before the Supreme Court. He is well-liked, winning over both sides in his legal career. Roberts, a federal judge on the Washington, D.C., court of appeals, is expected to be confirmed by the Senate this fall - which leaves Democrats a...
  • Freedom from Roe v. Wade - (hope and perhaps promise, from "Mr. Justice John G. Roberts?")

    07/22/2005 10:53:59 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 2 replies · 404+ views
    Let's not beat around the bush. Since 1973, Roe v. Wade has been the "settled" law of the land. John Roberts can help reverse that decision. That is why the Conservative movement is holding its collective breath. Likewise, that is why activists on the left are doing their best Howard Dean impersonations. A historical moment is at hand. Assuming Roberts is confirmed, he will take the place of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor -- a "conservative" justice who voted to reaffirm the "central principle" of Roe in the 1992 case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Not that you need reminding, but...
  • It Takes an Establishment - (President Bush shrewdly beginning to shape SCOTUS for decades!)

    07/22/2005 9:10:07 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 84 replies · 1,505+ views
    IT TAKES AN INSURRECTION TO change a country. It takes an establishment to govern one. Conservatives want both to change and to govern America. Thus we need our dissatisfied, troublemaking, occasionally splenetic, sometimes raffish anti-establishmentarians. After all, without brave resistance and bold insurrection on the part of conservatives, liberal orthodoxy and institutions would still dominate American life. But insurrection isn't enough. At some point, the radicals need assistance, support, and reinforcement from establishment conservatives--individuals ill-suited to insurrection but well-suited to rising through the institutions and moving them gradually but meaningfully in a conservative direction. Thus, we need our sober, calm,...
  • Democrats demand legal papers - (Orrin Hatch: "This time they won't get away with it!")

    07/22/2005 12:45:51 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 57 replies · 2,730+ views
    Democrats said yesterday they will demand that the Bush administration hand over internal legal memorandums written by Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. while he was a government lawyer -- something the White House has refused to do in the past. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said he broached the topic during a meeting yesterday with Judge Roberts, who replied that any decision about his writings as deputy solicitor general would be made by the White House. Republicans on Capitol Hill said the request is not likely to be granted. Demands for those same documents -- deemed...
  • The Next Justice

    07/22/2005 6:43:57 AM PDT · by JBW · 1 replies · 373+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 22, 2005 | Manuel Miranda
    Just after the First World War, President Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, was not very successful in garnering support in the Senate for American membership in the League of Nations. Opposition was led by Republican Sen. William Borah of Idaho. Years later Borah was asked why he thought the League was such a bad idea. "I didn't," he answered. "I was against it because it was Wilson's idea." So far the opposition on the left to President Bush's nominee as the next associate justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts Jr., has mustered no more intellectual firepower than that.
  • The High Court and the Anti-Catholic Left

    07/22/2005 1:29:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies · 1,041+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | July 22, 2005 | Michael Reagan
    In the question of the upcoming hearing on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge John Roberts, one thing is certain: Dick Durbin, the Illinois senator who never wore the uniform of a member of our armed services yet compared American soldiers to Nazis, Pol Pot’s death squads and other unsavory characters will be among those doing their best to derail President Bush’s choice for the high court. He’s already told us that he would oppose any nominee who is, in his words, “outside the mainstream,” a place where in his warped view only conservatives such as Judge Roberts can be...
  • Bush's choice was pure genius - (interesting argument re: consequences if Roe were overturned!)

    07/21/2005 8:41:55 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 30 replies · 931+ views
    The Republicans' ideal Supreme Court nominee is someone who might overturn Roe v. Wade, but won't. That makes President Bush's choice of John G. Roberts pure genius. If defenders of abortion rights condemn the pick, so much the better. Social conservatives will think they won. And when a court ruling later proves they haven't, Republican leaders can comfort them. So far, all is according to plan. Roe v. Wade is the 1973 Supreme Court decision enshrining a federal right to abortion. If Roe went down, two bad things would happen to Republicans. One is that it would arouse America's pro-choice...
  • Durbin Throws Down the Gauntlet on Roberts, terms nominee "controversial" (D'ya think?)

    07/21/2005 3:52:21 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 40 replies · 2,381+ views
    ILLINOIS LEADER.COM ^ | JULY 19, 2005 | Staff Writer
    Illinois' senior Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the Assistant Democrat Leader in the U.S. Senate, has wasted little time in launching against Judge John Roberts, President Bush's choice for the Supreme Court slot being vacated by retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Durbin has said that the President's decision to put forward John Roberts, 50, who he termed a "controversial nominee" guarantees a "controversial nomination process." Durbin previously clashed with Roberts during the confirmation process for the federal judgeship he now holds. Durbin questioned Roberts characterization of the Rehnquist Court as not necessarily conservative, saying that the the record of the court...
  • A Long Standing Norm

    07/21/2005 1:26:42 PM PDT · by JBW · 35 replies · 752+ views
    New York Sun ^ | July 21, 2005
    Senator Schumer is planning to use his seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee to reopen a battle he has already lost. "I voted against Judge Roberts for the D.C. Court because he didn't answer questions fully and openly when he appeared before the committee," Mr. Schumer said on Tuesday, referring to President Bush's nominee to the Supreme Court. But despite being rebuked by his colleagues for pressing inappropriate questions on Mr. Roberts when he was a federal appeals court nominee, Mr. Schumer has signaled he is going to revisit the same line of questioning. "It is vital that Judge Roberts...
  • Supremely Qualified Judge Roberts Deserves Up/Down Vote in Senate (JudicialWatch endorsement)

    07/21/2005 11:08:16 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 351+ views
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton offered the following statement today regarding President Bush’s nomination of Judge John Roberts: “President Bush promised to nominate someone in the mold of Justices Scalia and Thomas, someone who would refuse to legislate from the bench. With his nomination of John Roberts, the president has apparently kept his promise. By almost all accounts John Roberts is a brilliant, thoughtful conservative justice who will remain faithful to the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law. Moreover, Judge Roberts seems to have the experience and the strength of character to help lead the court...
  • Roberts and Roe: Who Does John Roberts Remind Me Of?

    07/21/2005 10:30:51 AM PDT · by BaghdadBarney · 57 replies · 1,671+ views
    National Review Online - Bench Memos ^ | 7/21/2005 | Gerard Bradley
    No, not Greg Kinnear or Dan Quayle. Not talking about his looks. Talking about the kind of justice a Justice Roberts would be. Reading through the long profile in today's New York Times confirmed what has sounded right to me all along: Roberts sounds a lot like Justice John Harlan. Harlan was a superb lawyer, possibly the best lawyer to sit on the Court in this century. He was very deeply respectful of the Court and the Constitution, non-doctrinaire but still principled and coherent — unlike almost every other justice who has, like Harlan and evidently like Roberts, eschewed grand...
  • Modest, measured, a Washington oddity (John G. Roberts, Jr.)

    07/21/2005 2:43:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies · 409+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | July 21, 2005 | Robert Little
    .....'A regular Midwest guy' Roberts has built a career in law with an eye toward higher goals - perhaps even to a seat on the Supreme Court. But behind the Ivy League credentials, beneath the dark wool uniform of one of Washington's oldest and largest law firms, Roberts is a man who more resembles his Midwestern roots than his East Coast resume, acquaintances say. "He's clearly not an elitist prep school, Ivy League-educated blue blood," said Bob MacLaverty, a classmate who was in Roberts' wedding. "He's just a regular Midwest guy." ......'A brilliant choice' Richard W. Garnett, a law professor...
  • Nomination Has Democrats in a Pickle

    07/21/2005 2:30:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 63 replies · 1,780+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 21, 2005 | Maura Reynolds
    WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats, after months of preparing for a full-scale fight with President Bush over a Supreme Court nominee, found themselves Wednesday instead weighing whether or how to battle his choice of John G. Roberts Jr. The problem Democrats face is that Roberts, a well-known Washington lawyer before becoming a federal appellate court judge in 2003, appears to be more conservative than they would like but less ideological than they had feared. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) set the tone the day after Bush selected Roberts, taking pains to describe the nominee as an accomplished lawyer and a...
  • Roberts gave GOP advice in 2000 recount "Woodstock for constitutional lawyers"

    07/21/2005 1:45:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 71 replies · 1,629+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | July 21, 2005 | By GARY FINEOUT AND MARY ELLEN KLAS
    TALLAHASSEE - U.S. Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts provided legal advice to Gov. Jeb Bush in the weeks following the November 2000 election as part of the effort to make sure the governor's brother won the disputed presidential vote. Roberts, at the time a private attorney in Washington, D.C., came to Tallahassee to advise the state's Republican administration as it was trying to prevent a Democratic end-run that the GOP feared might give the election to Al Gore, sources told The Herald. The maneuver, which the Democrats never attempted, might have kept the state from sending its list of...
  • A conservative with few hard edges

    07/21/2005 12:59:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies · 378+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 21, 2005 | Warren Richey
    In nominating federal appeals-court judge John Roberts to the US Supreme Court, President Bush is laying the groundwork for a significant rightward shift at the nation's highest court. The move seeks to establish a presidential legacy that could influence one of America's most respected institutions decades after George W. Bush has left the White House. The Bush administration's conservative push at the high court would have been more sweeping, however, if the president had named a judicial clone of Justice Antonin Scalia or Justice Clarence Thomas, as he had promised during his campaigns. Instead, Roberts's record suggests his voting pattern...
  • WINNING RÉSUMÉ Roberts satisfies Bush's conservative base without provoking rabid opposition

    07/21/2005 12:16:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies · 615+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 21, 2005
    Since U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor resigned July 1, speculation has focused on who would be President Bush's first nominee to the high court. Would it be another woman or a Hispanic? Would it be a hard-line, "movement" conservative or a moderate, nonideological figure? With Bush's nomination of Judge John G. Roberts Jr., the answer is known: none of the above. Roberts, as one White House counsel put it, has credentials that jump off the page. No fictional, idealized résumé could be more glowing: top of his high school class and football team captain; graduation with honors from...
  • Brevity of Roberts' record makes it difficult for critics

    07/20/2005 11:51:04 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies · 343+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 21, 2005 | MICHAEL HEDGES, Washington Bureau
    WASHINGTON - Environmentalists didn't like John G. Roberts' opinion on protecting California toads. And some Gulf War veterans felt he was unfair to prisoners of war mistreated by Saddam Hussein's regime. But on balance, critics were finding it difficult Wednesday to muster a strong attack on the Supreme Court nominee based on his brief record as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Roberts will be called on to defend legal briefs he wrote while serving as deputy solicitor general in the first Bush White House, including one that argued that "Roe v. Wade...
  • Paying ‘the Base’ - (Howard Fineman on why Pres chose Roberts; not too bad for a liberal opinion!)

    07/20/2005 7:30:28 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 14 replies · 809+ views
    Ever loyal, President Bush is rewarding conservatives with his choice of John Roberts—a man that liberals will have difficulty blocking. George W. Bush keeps surprising the wise guys. They keep thinking that he’s going to be something other than what he is and that he will do something other than what he says he will do. Well, he and Karl Rove built his career on West Texas Bible Belt conservatism, with deep ancestral ties to the Establishment “up East.” And it was that president—half Cambridge, all “Come to Jesus”—who chose John G. Roberts Jr. for the U.S. Supreme Court. In...
  • Roberts: A smart, self-effacing 'Eagle Scout' - (friend: "Dems can't touch him!")

    07/20/2005 4:23:19 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 12 replies · 909+ views
    CNN.COM ^ | JULY 20, 2005 | A/P
    John G. Roberts pairs a youthful demeanor with a sharp, seasoned legal mind that has impressed Ivy League professors, government lawyers and U.S. presidents. Befitting his age of 50 and limited time on the appellate court, the book on his judicial decisions remains a work in progress. President Bush on Tuesday tapped Roberts to become the nation's 109th Supreme Court justice, introducing the Harvard honors graduate, former clerk to William Rehnquist and successful Washington attorney to the nation in prime time. "He has argued 39 cases before the Supreme Court and earned a reputation as one of the best legal...
  • Catholic Leader Calls for Swift and Fair Vote on Supreme Court Nominee

    07/20/2005 12:22:40 PM PDT · by Barb4Bush · 3 replies · 243+ views
    An e-mail I received today
    7/19/2005 - 8:44:00 PM Contact: Jerry Horn of Priests for Life Washington, July 19/U.S. Newswire/--Today, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, called upon the US Senate to do its work "swiftly and fairly" regarding the confirmation process for Judge John G. Roberts, Jr. to the Supreme Court. "I am thrilled that the President has kept his promise by selecting a nominee who understands the importance of strictly adhering to the Constitution," Pavone said. "The President's selection of Judge John G. Roberts, Jr. shows that he has a fundamental understanding of the types of judges that we need...

    07/20/2005 7:33:31 AM PDT · by Babu · 902 replies · 23,476+ views
    Ann ^ | 7-30-05 | Ann Coulter
    After pretending to consider various women and minorities for the Supreme Court these past few weeks, President Bush decided to disappoint all the groups he had just ginned up and nominate a white male. So all we know about him for sure is that he can't dance and he probably doesn't know who Jay-Z is. Other than that, he is a blank slate. Tabula rasa. Big zippo. Nada. Oh, yeah...we also know he's argued cases before the supreme court. big deal; so has Larry fFynt's attorney. But unfortunately, other than that that, we don’t know much about John Roberts. Stealth...
  • For top court, Bush picks conservative - "Harvard-educated white man"

    07/20/2005 1:47:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 95 replies · 5,906+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | July 20, 2005 | BILL ADAIR, Times Washington Bureau Chief
    WASHINGTON - President Bush nominated conservative appellate Judge John G. Roberts Jr. for the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday night, calling him "one of the best legal minds of his generation." Bush, making one of the most significant decisions of his presidency, said in a televised address that Roberts "has the qualities Americans expect in a judge: experience, wisdom, fairness and civility." The selection of Roberts, a former law clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist and an aide in the Reagan White House, won praise from Republicans and skepticism from Democrats. Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said...