Thursday, July 21, 2005

Some Concerns

While I generally approve of President Bush's selection of Judge Roberts, some of the articles I've read this morning do raise legitimate questions. Ann Coulter, for example, points out that we really don't know very much about Judge Roberts.
Apparently, Roberts decided early on that he wanted to be on the Supreme Court and that the way to do that was not to express a personal opinion on anything to anybody ever. It's as if he is from some space alien sleeper cell. Maybe the space aliens are trying to help us, but I wish we knew that.

If the Senate were in Democrat hands, Roberts would be perfect. But why on earth would Bush waste a nomination on a person who is a complete blank slate when we have a majority in the Senate!
This is a legitimate question; we do have congress. President Bush could have had any nominee he wants, so why pick a consensus candidate? Why not take the moment to rub their noses in a candidate who represents the beliefs of those who sent him to the Presidency? Does President Bush assume that a bunch of WISHY WASHY MODERATES and LIBERALS sent him there? No the people who voted for him wanted him to do something.

Ben Shapiro, in
his latest article, underlines what the people hoped he would do.
Yes, Roberts is a political conservative. His track record amply demonstrates that. But politics is no guarantee of jurisprudence: Just ask Earl Warren. Politics is no guarantee that the Constitution will be upheld: Just ask Warren Burger. Perhaps Roberts will turn out to be a Rehnquist. That will be satisfactory, politically if not constitutionally. But President Bush had the once-in-a-presidency opportunity to nominate a clear originalist. Instead, he abandoned absolute adherence to the Constitution in favor of political expedience.
I'm not as pessimistic as Shapiro. I am sure that President Bush and Judge Roberts had long conversations in which Roberts impressed President Bush with his desire to uphold the Constitution.

Still I do find myself wishing that President Bush had picked someone a little more cut and dry. One of the more troubling aspects of this debate is how the Liberals are taking this news. They seem to think that Judge Roberts is acceptable. I might be reading too much into this, but the mere fact that Liberals aren't going off the rails about this nomination might indicate he's not really the man of the hour.

But I trust President Bush, so I'm willing to forego judgment for a little while.

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