Wednesday, September 14, 2005

John Roberts: the Next Chief Justice

Image hosted by Photobucket.comThose on the left are going crazy trying to derail the nomination of as Chief Justice of Supreme Court. He is by ever objective measure qualified for the position, and deserves a speedy confirmation.

Of course the attacks on him started trying to derail the nomination before the Chief Justice bit came to be. The Independent Women's Forum has a wonderful article, Roberts Is No Anti-Ladies Man on some of the attacks leveled at Roberts by the feminist establishment.

First it is important to note that the American Bar Association gave this nominee their highest rating, "well-qualified." But the smear campaign started almost immediately with attacks by NARAL.
First, there was the appalling ad by NARAL Pro-Choice America, charging that Roberts had filed court briefs supporting abortion-clinic bombers because he once argued that a federal law against conspiracies to deny equal rights to certain groups could not be used against nonviolent protesters at abortion clinics. (The Supreme Court eventually agreed, 6-3). Even most abortion rights advocates were dismayed by this smear, and NARAL quickly withdrew the ad.
This was of course only the first attack.

And even when he is shown to be right, his critics are not silenced.
In Slate.com, legal correspondent Dahlia Lithwick finds that even if the feminist ideas Roberts criticized were bad, it doesn't get him off the hook because he criticized them in a disrespectful tone.
Unbelievable.

Update: 11:30 AM:

Stephen Miller of the Independent Gay Forum declares John Roberts' testimony so far to be gay friendly.

A lot of people are looking at the "adherence to precedent" question. Will he or won't he. But is A2P good in itself?
[I]f "adherence to precedent" was as binding as they (now) insist, Bowers v. Hardwick would not have been overturned and we'd still have sodomy laws. And let's hope a future court won't feel bond by precedent when it comes to revisiting the awful Kelo decision that stuck at the heart of property rights!
Precedent should be overturned when the law is bad - like it is in Kelo.

[hat tip for the update to Right Side of the Rainbow]

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