Carol Platt Liebau: His "Hipness"?

Sunday, July 09, 2006

His "Hipness"?

This piece by Linda Greenhouse is inexplicably titled "His Hipness, John G. Roberts." Where, precisely, the "hipness" quotient comes in isn't clear, but it's an entertaining little overview of the Chief Justice's first term.

Greenhouse turns to a number of law professors including Erwin Chemerinsky and Jack Balkin (both liberals) for commentary. What's worth noting, however, is that she didn't consult (or at least quote) a single conservative -- even though plenty are out there, including John Eastman of Chapman, Adrian Vermeule of Harvard, John Yoo of Berkeley, John Manning of Harvard and Jack Goldsmith of Harvard . . . just to name a few.

Greenhouse does mention in passing that Chief Justice Roberts is a former managing editor of The Harvard Law Review -- a fact dear to my heart, as I am, too. More significantly, near the end of the piece, Greenhouse also speculates about whether the Chief Justice could drift left over time in the style of Earl Warren (although she notes that other Chief Justices have resisted the pressure to "grow" on the bench).

My guess is that the Chief will remain impervious to the Greenhouse effect". A small but telling detail in the piece is that, in his very first Supreme Court opinion, the Chief Justice quoted Henry Friendly, the first judge for whom he clerked.

He's a man who doesn't forget who helped him, and where he came from -- an honorable trait, indeed. And that leads me to believe that he's going to remain very much the same kind of jurist he is today -- happily for America and its jurisprudence.

11 Comments:

Blogger Dittohead said...

Carol says, "He's a man who doesn't forget who helped him, and where he came from -- an honorable trait, indeed."

To be sure, not admirable traits for any justice. Let's hope he takes his position more seriously over time.

10:16 AM  
Blogger wrabkin said...

John Yoo is not a conservative. He is a Fascist, supporting unlimited state power over the individual.

All Republicans should be ashamed for following the sick legal doctrince he pioneered.

And he should never be consulted on any position -- except what it's like to be the subject of a war crimes trial.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

What we learn from John Yoo and all those who jumped on his bandwagon is that institutionalized thinking can rapidly be corrupted by a self-serving desire to be obedient to power.

12:07 PM  
Blogger wrabkin said...

Carol wrote of John Roberts:

"He's a man who doesn't forget who helped him, and where he came from -- an honorable trait, indeed. "

Of course, this is not an honorable trait at all in a Supreme Court justice. He is supposed to be an objective judge of the law and the facts, but as even an ardent groupie as Carol will attest, he won't forget the people who got him his cushy, lifetime appointment. Another hack Republican doing favors for the corrups pols who helped him out -- and Carol thinks this is a good thing.

3:51 PM  
Blogger amber said...

I disagree with both of you. I do not want an elitist who thinks they are above reproach. A god who pretends he created himself, if it were not for him and his genius the world would end.

11:18 AM  
Blogger wrabkin said...

Amber:

Could you rephrase your post? I appreciate your point of view in general, but this time I honestly have no idea what you are trying to say.

1:24 PM  
Blogger amber said...

DH: To be sure, not admirable traits for any justice.

WR: Of course, this is not an honorable trait at all in a Supreme Court justice.

I think it is admirable to know who helped you along the way. Carol is not talking about who got him the position. She is refering to all the people in his life who helped him get where he is today. I think what you all are advocating is a person who forgets who helped the, forgets where they came from, and thinks better of his/herself than anyone else. That is not admirable for anyone, especially someone who sits on the Supreme Court. What you are advocating is a god, not a human being, equal to us all, interpreting laws for everyone to obey.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Amber,

You do not get to be a justice with a bad memory. I think Carol meant Roberts will play favoritism to Bush and his cronies.

8:59 PM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

That's precisely what she meant, and it would cause her to emit a big, big stink if a liberal justice did the same.

9:33 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Thanks Duke,

Yes, Carol is clearly an authoritarian conservative which means all power rests in the president, as long as he/she is a conservative republican.

So Roberts is to remember who made him chief justice and return the favorable decisions.

This is also why she is outraged over the Hamdam decision.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Wrabkin:

"... He is supposed to be an objective judge of the law and the facts, ..."

What? No creating new rights or writing law from the bench?

Hey Wrabkin, we agree!

7:39 AM  

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