Wednesday, July 20, 2005
The stealth nominee
"Roe v. Wade is the settled law of the land. ... There's nothing in my personal views that would prevent me from fully and faithfully applying that precedent."But that comment was not made in the context of a legal decision. Alternatively, as Solicitor General for the U.S. Solicitor General under President Reagan, he apparantly argued against reporductive rights. Some have discounted that statement as an example of a lawyer arguing on behalf of his client. The truth is that Roberts is a relatively unknown quality (although I tend to side with those who feel he would be fairly conservative).
I would characterize his nomination as an interesting bet. President Bush has bet that
- Roberts will hold those values which Bush holds and that
- His paucity of documented opinions, combined with his unrelated credentials, will lead to a dignified confirmation
I really don't know what to expect from the confirmation process, but from what I have read, it seems a good bet that it will be from the Alberto Gonzales mold: No filibuster, lots of pointed questions, ultimately a succesful nomination.
As always, thanks for reading.
On the other hand, these commentators also pointed out that most judges tend to move to the center, once they find themselves on the Supreme Court.