THERE ARE STILL A FEW HOT DAYS LEFT TO SUMMER where Democrats Might Like to Take Advantage of the Heat to See
if the cool, calm collected John Roberts has a pulse or anything that
might keep them from voting for him. Like what he actually thinks
after his two years on the Federal bench. The White House continues to
congratulate itself for its genius, working off the foregone conclusion
that Roberts can’t be opposed because he is less of a loud nut job than
anybody else they could have proposed. Beware the quiet, really, really
good guy. Isn’t that always the guy who goes weird in the end of scary
movies? This movie has a chance to run for thirty years. Maybe the
Democrats should act like that’s something other than a foregone
THE NUGGET: WHAT THIS IS REALLY ABOUT AND THE SHOCK THAT SOMEBODY ACTUALLY SAYS IT.
Of course it is more than just Roe v Wade, but the dance that takes
place around what judges actually think and how they might do their
jobs has a certain absurdity. Senators voting on judges are like
voters being told to vote for the best person, but without knowing what
that person thinks right now.
this battle, the central issue remains Roe v. Wade, which established a
woman's right to choose. Both sides are looking for assurances that
Judge Roberts will side with them. Some senators have stated their
intention to directly ask the nominee if he would overrule Roe v. Wade.
While senators may ask any question they choose, the nominee may answer
or not as he sees fit.
OF COURSE IT MIGHT BE HELPFUL TO KNOW WHAT ROBERTS ACTUALLY THINKS BUT, WHITE HOUSE WON’T TURN OVER ROBERTS’ PAPERS Because Um They Might Tell Something about What He Actually Thinks. Because of a “right to privacy?!” [AP]
HERE’S A GOOD QUESTION [SPIN DENTIST/ALL SPIN ZONE] Gee, the Justice Department is seeking access to the medical records
of women seeking abortions, and that's likely to come up before the
Supremes, isn't it? Judge Roberts, why is your privacy more important
than that of an average woman seeking an abortion in Michigan?
TOTALLY SPUN AND EATING WHITE HOUSE COTTON CANDY Peter Baker is not a crackerjack reporter. Hush, quiet now. The reporter is repeating the PR guys pronouncements. . . . [PETER BAKER/WAPO]
The selection presented Bush with a test: He could choose boldness or
safety. He flirted with nominating the first Hispanic justice at the
risk of alienating his base. He considered naming a woman to replace
the court's first female justice. He evaluated several passionate
conservatives in the mold of Justice Antonin Scalia. Yet in the end, he
circled back to long-standing convention, picking a white male with an
impeccable résumé, presumably conservative but not so outspoken as to
provoke an all-out fight. Rather than dismiss Senate Democrats, Bush
called their bluff and consulted with dozens of them.
to the conclusion that we could bombard them with volume," said a
senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity
because the process was kept confidential. "It worked better than we
THE HERETIK CONCLUDES Regular Programming with
the hope that in the future reporters will work better than we
thought. Tune later this week for another episode of John Roberts in
The House of Wax
RECOMMENDED READING [CORRENTE] Remember the QUESTION we asked: Is Roberts, or has Roberts ever been, a member of the Federalist Society? And remember John Roberts's eminently parseable denial that he had "no recollection" of belonging to The Federalist Society . . . . MORE TO FOLLOW