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Old 09-12-2005, 09:28 AM   #16
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Confirmation hearings start today. But there will be no questioning of Roberts. Instead, we will get a series of speeches from political talking heads pontificating on the importance of the Supreme Court, etc.
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Judge on speedy path to chief justice post

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Less than three years after first donning a judge's robe, John Glover Roberts Jr. is on a path toward speedy confirmation for becoming, at age 50, chief justice of the United States.

A turbulent week that included the funeral of William H. Rehnquist, his mentor and the man he hopes to replace, his renomination by President Bush for chief justice and controversy over the government's tardy response to Hurricane Katrina has not dampened Roberts' candidacy to join the Supreme Court.

Republicans and Democrats see no serious obstacle to Roberts' confirmation. Liberal, civil rights, civil libertarian and abortion rights groups have come out against him but not one of the Senate's 100 members has declared opposition.

"I expect these hearings will show that you have the appropriate philosophy to lead our nation into the future," said Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, and a Judiciary Committee member, in a written copy of his opening statement.
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I think we still over-sensationalize the Supreme Court nominations. The fearmongering during the Reagan era was in full gear, yet landmark decisions (Roe) remain intact.


i know. and Pat Robertson's been praying *so hard* for more deaths! yet, Roe v Wade lives.

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Confirmation hearings start today. But there will be no questioning of Roberts. Instead, we will get a series of speeches from political talking heads pontificating on the importance of the Supreme Court, etc.


rumor has it that Schumer is so concerned with these hearings that he's been practicing with a Harvard Law Prof.

the most dangerous place in DC is between Schumer and a camera.



(see, i can dig on the Dems too)
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Biden’s opening was good.


This narrow view of the constitution
is something conservatives hide behind
to push their bias agenda, when it suits them



Nobody may be considering this now
But, Roberts very well could be in place until 2040
how old will you be 35 years from now?


this guy will move the court to his liking
the Chief has more power than many realize

he chooses the judge to write the majority decision.
it can be narrow, that case only or
broad, sweeping change across the board.
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I think they should ask him about this


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Exploiting Katrina

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Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat, said lessons should be learned from the hurricane.
"The powerful winds and flood waters of Katrina tore away the mask that has hidden from public view the many Americans who are left out and left behind," he said. "As one nation under God, we cannot continue to ignore the injustice, the inequality and the gross disparities that exist in our society."
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I hope Robertson comes out against hurricanes...
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I actually read an interesting analysis of this whole thing, which basically made the case that the Republicans know abortion is their strongest issue. Moral issues tend to play on voter's emotions, etc. To pick someone they really thought would overturn Roe V Wade would be politically stupid. I don't know if I agree with this (and obviously no one truly knows how the justices will turn out), but it was something I hadn't even thought about before.
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I think they should ask him about this




GASP!

so he IS gay.

(kidding! kidding!)
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I knew those cute little blonde kids and friendly-looking but unthreatening wife were mere props...
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I actually read an interesting analysis of this whole thing, which basically made the case that the Republicans know abortion is their strongest issue. Moral issues tend to play on voter's emotions, etc. To pick someone they really thought would overturn Roe V Wade would be politically stupid. I don't know if I agree with this (and obviously no one truly knows how the justices will turn out), but it was something I hadn't even thought about before.


i think this is absolutely correct.

on this line of thought, check out _What's the Matter With Kansas_. the essential point is this: those who are most concerned with "moral" issues tend to be the devout working classes of the midwest and the south; they've been voting republican since the 80s or so with the promise that those who they elect will deliver on these moral issues, yet, all they have to show for it are tax breaks for the rich, service industry jobs, and dwindling public services that would benefit them the most.
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I knew those cute little blonde kids and friendly-looking but unthreatening wife were mere props...


*adopted* children.

you know ... like Tom Cruise ...

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right. like the guy who helped us move, who has 10 children and proudly tells us he's voting for George W. Bush. my mom's parents live in rural TN and say they see this all the time...poor people voting against their own self-interests, but doing so because they sincerely believe in the values touted by conservative politicians.
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