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July 19, 2005

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In the last post, I wondered why everyone was calling Edith Clement Brown "Clement" rather than "Brown".  As it turned out, her name is "Edith Brown Clement".  Happily, none of this matters because she's not the nominee.  A non-Hispanic, non-female, white man is.  More specifically, it's John G. Roberts Jr.  What do we know?  Well-connected lawyer.  Liked by Democrats.  Long conservative pedigree.  Non-Scalia temperament.  Friend to business.  Social conservative.  Well-respected judicially.  Has represented some interesting clients, including the 19 states that sued Microsoft for anti-trust violations.  But I'm not the go-to guy on this, they follow below:

• A long Washington Post article comparing him and Luttig.  So far as I can tell, the article thinks he's Luttig, but with much better social graces.

Courting Influence has some of his ties to special interests.  He was a peanut farmer lobbyist, apparently.

National Abortion Federation hates him, on grounds that as lawyer for Bush's father, he repeatedly argued the Administration's case that Roe was a wrongly decided law and should be overturned.  Whether he believes that is unclear.

Judicial Selection thinks he's well-qualified and has summaries of some cases he's ruled on.

Pro-Choice America has a fact sheet on him, but I think their server may be crashing under the strain.  I guess linking to them doesn't help matters, but what're you gonna do?

NOW doesn't like him.  NARAL neither. 

Shakespeare's Sister has a capsule case against him.

• DKosopedia has some info.

Slate's got a very good summary on him (scroll down) and they link to this Volokh post on the troubles he had with confirmation.  Read both.

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from NYTsPresident Bush is nominating John G. Roberts Jr., a conservative federal appellate judge from Washington, D.C., to the first vacancy on the Supreme Court in 11 years. President Bush was to announce the selection of Judge Roberts, who sits [Read More]

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The long awaited battle for the political soul (figuratively and — to some — literally) of the U.S. Supreme Court is now underway.

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Posted by: Captain Toke | Jul 19, 2005 8:44:03 PM

I like him.

Posted by: Captain Toke | Jul 19, 2005 9:10:34 PM

The Majority Report kept referring to him as a big jar of mayonnaise.

Posted by: Uncle Mike | Jul 19, 2005 9:49:16 PM

Well, that's reason right there to filibuster him. Not mayo!

Posted by: Captain Toke | Jul 19, 2005 10:11:04 PM

More here:
http://www.independentjudiciary.com/resources/docs/John_Roberts_Report.pdf

And here:
http://www.pfaw.org/pfaw/general/default.aspx?oid=13523

And here:
http://www.now.org/issues/legislat/nominees/roberts.html

If you were female, guys, you would know this is a really Bad Nomination.

Posted by: donna | Jul 19, 2005 11:42:43 PM

Looks like a good righty tighty whitey fundie theocrat tyrant.

Posted by: j swift | Jul 20, 2005 12:03:11 AM

I was pretty much counting on an anti-Roe, pro-business, deregulatory nominee. Why would they name any less?

The stuff that might be up in the air: what's he like on executive power, due process, the war on terror? The above stuff is really horribly bad, but does he believe that America's still a democracy? Because I think we should fight him and fight him hard, but I've got a feeling he or someone as bad as him will get through anyway, and when they're done voting on various Gitmo cases I'd like to know how unrecognizable the country's going to be.

Posted by: Iron Lungfish | Jul 20, 2005 12:12:28 AM

If NOW and NARAL don't like him, he has to be good.

Posted by: Matt Brown | Jul 20, 2005 1:10:35 AM

I would have rather had Edith Jones, but this guy will do. In any case, he will push the court to the right of where it is currently.

Posted by: Robert Zimmerman | Jul 20, 2005 8:03:17 AM

Funny you should mention that he's a white guy. I was watching PBS last night, and after the announcement David Brooks was bloviating on the wondrousness of Roberts.

At one point, Brooks pointed out that Roberts was a white guy, and because he was a white guy it was clear that Bush was taking the long view (my words, no transcript out yet) instead of scoring short-term political gains by nominating a woman or a minority.

What the hell did he mean by this?

Is he suggesting the only way a woman or minority gets onto the court is if it IS short-term political thinking? Because, what, if you were thinking of the impact 20 years out, you wouldn't want a woman or black person or latino on the court? Because why? Because that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is so flighty and dumb that you'd be embarrassed to have nominated her? Because that Thurgood Marshall was such an intellectual lightweight? Seriously, what's his point?

Call me wacky, but nominating a candidate who has no judicial record strikes me as the height of short-term political calculation--you have no idea what kind of precedents this person will set, because they have set almost no precedents. Yes, the candidate is far more confirmable, but you have very little evidence of his commitment to solid jurisprudence.

But David Brooks says he's a white guy, so clearly Bush isn't thinking short-term. We're so lucky that Bush didn't try to put another one of those unqualified women or minorities on the bench just to appease factions! Clearly, he's thinking about the best long-term intersts of the court. And you know he is, because he picked a white guy. It's just obvious!

David Brooks is loathsome.

Posted by: theorajones | Jul 20, 2005 11:31:09 AM

But amazingly enough, Ann Coulter hates him.

Posted by: theophylact | Jul 20, 2005 3:11:21 PM

It is a sad day when posters such as this are looking for some kind of apology because the president picked a white man.
It seems that race *does* matter and some are more equal than others, after all.

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