Wednesday, July 20, 2005

SCOTUS blogging

Ok, folks, it took me some time, but I think I've found a few reasons to hate John Roberts.

(Note: Yes, I am aware that digging for disqualifiers is the behavior of a partisan hack but it's also my snide way of saying that the Vanilla White Boy might turn out ok)

Here we go:

1 - The quid pro quo Digby says: The president's first two nominations to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia curcuit --- generally regarded as the stepping-stone to the Supreme Court --- went to Miguel Estrada and John G Roberts Jr., who had played important behind-the scenes roles in the Florida litigation.

2 - In an emrgancy he, likely, would vote GOP. Or more to the point: Roberts contributed to the legal argument that resulted in Bush v. Gore, or as I like to call it: Dred Scott 2000. Roberts involvement in the worst Supreme Court ruling in the history of mankind, suggests that he is a partisan hack.

3 - They are cackling in cow country In his press release, James "he who must not be named" Dobson sounds gleeful. When that man laughs, my scar burns.

4 - The media is distracted. Not that we expected the MSM to be able to walk and chew gum at once, but today even the most banal tidbits about Roberts (he plays squash! ) are driving Rove-gate off the front page. So let's review: Rove broke the law and lied about it to federal investigators. Spread it around.

On the bright side, some are suggesting that this choice exposes the fact that Republicans, including the President, are beholden to narrow chested Bible-thumpers who are determined to ruin the lives of average Americans by taking away our right to live we choose. If this can be leveraged, the GOP coalition is history.

And please note, no matter what the fat GOP Jew who sits next to you in shul thinks, in the long run it is bad - no terrible - for us Jews if the court manages to erode our fundemental right to pursue happiness by living life as we think best.