07-20-2005, 03:22 PM #1Web Hosting Master
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Pres Bush Nominates Judge John G. Roberts Jr. For Supreme Court Justice
Roberts begins his confirmation campaign Wednesday to nail down Republican Senate support and overcome Democrats' fears that he would push the nation's highest court far to the right on abortion and other polarizing issues.
Roberts joined Bush for breakfast at the White House before they went their separate ways. Bush spoke at an event on homeland security, where he again praised his nominee.
"He has the qualities our country expects in a judge ... he has a profound respect for the rule of law ... I urge the Senate to rise to the occasion, provide a fair and civil process and have Judge Roberts in place before the next court session on October 3," Bush said from the Port of Baltimore, Md.
Roberts, a former clerk to Justice William H. Rehnquist (search), was set to meet with Senate leaders at 1 p.m. EDT. He is then expected to make courtesy calls on Capitol Hill, visiting with all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and prepare for hearings, which could be in late August or early September.
The Senate could feasibly schedule a confirmation vote before the court reconvenes on Oct. 3.
Some Democrats seem to be gearing up for a fight, while others take Roberts for a moderate, but one thing is for sure, they aren't going to let it go sitting down, if for no other reason because as a lawyer in the first Bush administration, Roberts co-wrote a brief that stated, "We continue to believe that Roe was wrongly decided and should be overruled." But if they attempt to filibuster the nominee, senate Republicans will surely invoke the so-called nuclear, or, constitutional option, to break it.
07-20-2005, 09:18 PM #2Web Hosting Master
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Two years of being a judge seems kind of light to me, although they say his experience presenting cases before the Supreme Court is a very good qualification. So far the Democrats don't seem to be hammering on the "not enough experience as judge" argument. Everyone is going to be fishing for clues about how he would vote on abortion cases. If they can get a strong idea of what to expect then the side that doesn't like the expected result will probably "discover" that two years as a judge isn't enough experience.
07-20-2005, 10:04 PM #3Temporarily Suspended
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I would have liked to have seen a woman fill the vacancy but Roberts looks like a solid choice.