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Monday, August 08, 2005

Newsflash! Judge Roberts notes that sun rises in east, generally sets in west...

Activists opine this 'traditionalist, conservative outlook' on celestial mechanics indicates willingness to strip away minority rights...

OK, seriously - in today's Dallas Morning News, Carl Leubsdorf reports activist groups divining ominous warnings from tea leaves such as this:

Judge John Roberts said in a 2000 interview that Supreme Court justices often "tend to go their own way" and "chart a different course" from the intentions of the presidents who appointed them.

The 50-year-old appellate court jurist nominated last month by President Bush also said that the way the court decided key cases in its 1999-2000 term made "a compelling case that we do not have a very conservative Supreme Court," but noted that future appointments could "well make a difference."

It was bad enough when the NYT printed musings about the fact that the Roberts dressed their kid up in saddle shoes and a button down shirt instead of Gap Kids for the nomination announcement, but at least clothes choices can support at least a glimmer of inference. These quotes are just acknowledgement of bald, bare fact.

Speaking of the sun rising in the east:

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said Judge Roberts' statements indicate that, "If he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, you can bet that taking away women's right to choose for ourselves when to bring children into the world will be at the top of his agenda."

This is the same woman whose initial reaction to the nomination was regret that President Bush had chosen such a 'divisive' candidate. Apart from Ann Coulter and Keenan twisting off in opposite directions, we're still waiting for that big batch of divisiveness to materialize.

We've had alot of smoke so far about Roberts' faith, the aforementioned saddle shoes, his wife's social connections, his pro bono work, and on and on, and nothing's caught flame yet. Maybe it's time to elevate the example of Texas to the federal level and just start electing Supreme Court justices outright since what we obviously care about the very least is their legal skill.


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