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Old 09-05-2005, 05:37 AM   #1
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Bush Nominates Roberts to Replace Rehnquist as Chief Justice

So...what do y'all think?

I wasn't really anti-Roberts very much; I was of the belief that we could have done far worse in terms of ideology, and it's hard to argue with the man's qualifications. And Lord knows the prospect of Chief Justice Antonin Scalia scared the hell out of me.

I actually rather like the idea that maybe we'll see a replacement nom who's also "not too bad"; maybe Edith Brown Clement will get another look? I'd really like to see another female nominee.
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We'll find out I guess. I'm finding it hard to read this guy...which is frustrating because I like to be more politically shrewd than this.
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Looking at Roberts as a replacement for Rehnquist instead of a replacement for O'Connor makes Roberts seem less frightening, and I only say this because Rehnquist was already a very conservative justice.

The Bush Administration, on the other hand, is taking a huge gamble here. What if Roberts suddenly pulled a Souter and became more liberal than expected? And then he'd be Chief Justice on top of it. At least Scalia didn't get the top spot; that man is a bigoted disgrace of a judge.

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Bad idea. It would have been much quicker to get Roberts put in and nominate someone from within. To nominate Roberts not only means that you have a chief justice with no previous Supreme Court experience, it also means you have a chief justice in place for 30 years potentially -- Roberts is only in his 40s now. Should have elevated someone from within. That being said, there's no way I would have accepted a Scalia or Thomas chief justice.
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I don't think it's so bad. I seriously was expecting him to elevate Thomas to Chief Justice to prove he really does like black people after all (in the wake of Katrina). Roberts doesn't have much of a record, so Bush is taking a gamble....he may turn out differently than Bush is banking on.
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Good idea. The Administration has already tested the waters and see Roberts as an easy confirmation. Why set yourself up for another political parade known as a confirmation hearing when you get get two for one with Roberts.
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Good idea. The Administration has already tested the waters and see Roberts as an easy confirmation. Why set yourself up for another political parade known as a confirmation hearing when you get get two for one with Roberts.
Good point, nbc--hadn't thought of that.
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I think there are two ways of looking at it -- You could certainly think that Roberts has been nominated because it's an easy confirmation hearing, something which is all the more credible considering that the Bush administration doesn't have a lot of political capital to spend on that fight.

Alternatively, you could suggest that nominating someone who Democrats have been fairly accepting of as Chief Justice leaves open the option of nominating a far more divisive individual for the other open seat. I'll be interested to see who Bush nominates as Associate Justice.
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Good idea. The Administration has already tested the waters and see Roberts as an easy confirmation. Why set yourself up for another political parade known as a confirmation hearing when you get get two for one with Roberts.
i also agree

roberts was always seen more as a rehnquist replacement

i think most of the chiefs have not been sitting supremes

much better pick than a. scalia

kennedy would have been the only sitting supreme that might have made sense

but the base would have gone nuts
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The whole thing makes me nauseous. Why, WHY, did not one but TWO justices have to leave/die when THIS president was in power, of ALL presidents. WHY DAMNIT!?

I don't want a right-wing conservative being the chief justice for decades on end. I don't want the court leaning right on everything.
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The whole thing makes me nauseous. Why, WHY, did not one but TWO justices have to leave/die when THIS president was in power, of ALL presidents. WHY DAMNIT!?

I don't want a right-wing conservative being the chief justice for decades on end. I don't want the court leaning right on everything.
I doubt I'll approve of Bush's nominations any more than you do, but don't forget that Clinton appointed two Justices, as did the first President Bush. It's not as though Bush has been handed a golden opportunity to pack the court with conservatives any more than Clinton had a chance to pack the court with progressives.
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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.
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The whole thing makes me nauseous. Why, WHY, did not one but TWO justices have to leave/die when THIS president was in power, of ALL presidents. WHY DAMNIT!?
It was always a strong possibility, at least once Bush won a second term.
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Confirmation hearings start today.

Let the games begin.
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