Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a WINNER!!!

Well, President Bush has announced his candidate for the Supreme Court, Judge John G. Roberts. First of all, let me say how focused and principled President Bush. With all the NONSENSE around Karl Rove, it would be easy to push this particular fight off until later. But President Bush isn't one to put political expediency over the need of the nation. Instead he is willing to fight for a Supreme Court Nominee he believes in, while this other confusion is going on. So BRAVO, Mr. President.

Let's see how the Conservative world is reacting to Judge Robert's nomination. The Heritage Foundation
likes him.
President Bush promised the American people that he would nominate Supreme Court justices who would not legislate from the bench and would be in the mold of Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia.

He has fulfilled that promise tonight, with the selection of a judge of unquestionable integrity and proven fidelity to the Constitution and the rule of law.
And from the Family Research Council, you have Tony Perkins singing Judge Robert's praises.
President Bush has chosen an exceptionally well-qualified and impartial nominee for the Supreme Court. Judge Roberts is widely respected for his fair judgment, intellect and integrity, all things qualifying him to serve as the next Supreme Court Justice. I believe that Judge Roberts will strictly interpret the Constitution and not legislate from the bench.

Judge Roberts is well-qualified and experienced and he deserves a fair up or down vote. There should be a fair hearing for this fair minded judge.
I wouldn't count on that fair hearing, Mr. Perkins. There still are a few Democrats around.

Bill Kristol, at the weekly standard,
approves the selection as well.
The occasion was an opportunity to reshape the Supreme Court. Bush seized the opportunity, in two ways: He moved the Court a solid step to the right (to speak vulgarly), and he elevated its quality. It's true that Roberts is a Rehnquist, not a Scalia or a Thomas. He'll be a little more incremental, a little more cautious, than some of us rabid constitutionalists will sometimes like. But he is a conservative pick, and a quality pick--and, to my surprise, a non-PC, non-quota pick.
Yes I must say I also think it's nice that he didn't stoop to PC posturing. President Bush might have felt some pressure to nominate a minority or a woman to replace O'Conner. While I certainly don't mind more (conservative) women on the bench, I think the President should pick who he thinks is best for the job. And, I think, he picked the right man for the job!

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