Wednesday, July 20, 2005


Today a Measured WaPo

The President's Choice: "If confirmed as the successor to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, it is likely that he will shift the Supreme Court toward the right. But his nomination is not a provocation to Democrats -- as some other possible nominees would have been. Mr. Bush deserves credit for selecting someone with the potential to attract broad support...In the days that come, the cacophony of voices promoting or opposing him could easily drown out any serious discussion of a man who deserves careful consideration. The Senate needs to make sure that a fair, open and substantive confirmation process takes place even amid the noise."

Like nearly everyone else, I am just now learning about John Roberts. I was surprised by this WaPo editorial. It is not an approval, but it is more measured than anyone who pays attention would have expected from this particular publication. This may be a bit of a "thank you for not testing our patience" sort of thing. I don't know. I don't envy Roberts or the Senate given the confirmation process to ensue. Regardless the choice, it will be a challenge (and likely impossible) to crystal ball his future rulings on issues that have yet to arise. I haven't a feeling on the matter, and seriously doubt I will feel knowledgeable enough to have strong opinions throughout this process. I will enjoy watching the political fight, but will leave the opining on his suitability to the experts.

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