Carol Platt Liebau: Roberts Hearings

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Roberts Hearings

Here (via ConfirmThem) is a transcript of today's hearings.

Suffice it to say that Judge Roberts did a fine job in doing what a nominee in his position would want to be doing -- committing to little, answering what he can, leaving himself the maximum amount of room for freedom of thought, conscience and action in his (hopefully) new job.

There is a lot of commentary about the cleverness of Judge Roberts' answers to various controversial questions. Let's hope the congratulations being heaped on the judge's head -- and the rationales for them -- won't serve as a playbook for Democratic senators awaiting their next round at questioning.

6 Comments:

Blogger Mr. Twister said...

Very impressive performance by Judge Roberts. I would give him a 10 for artistic merit.

One quick question for the social conservatives out there. How did you react to Judge Roberts explicit affirmation of the Griswold and his (larger than necessary) nod to the importance of stare decisis with respect to Roe and Casey?

8:38 PM  
Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

yes, great job on Roberts' part. meanwhile, the Dems--Biden in particular--are very entertaining.

10:02 PM  
Blogger Goat said...

I would say it was a textbook for nominees as he wrote it brilliantly today while Shumer and Biden posed as intellectuals for the cameras to be exposed for what they are,posers.

10:53 PM  
Blogger Goat said...

Twister, a brilliant dodge, as he will have to decide related cases,IMO.

10:58 PM  
Blogger wile e coyote said...

Robert reaffirmed the decision in Griswold on the basis of marital privacy. (i.e., married people can buy contraceptives)

He did not reaffirm the reasoning and in fact suggested such reasoning has already been discarded by the courts.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Patrick O'Hannigan said...

I wouldn't worry about giving the game away. Democrats on the SJC are too busy trying to get their names on playbills to consider looking at playbooks. More on Roberts, and his answer to a question from Arlen Specter, can be found here.

10:46 AM  

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