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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Open Mind

Just watched Bush and Roberts. I imagine I'll get it for this (CHB, you out there, buddy?), but I'm ready to learn more about Roberts. There's an interesting post by Ed Kilgore over at TPMCafe, and this comment by (former Terrapin?) Joe Smith is heartening:
I happen to agree with Jeffrey Rosen that Roberts with his judicious temperment will be a conservative restraintist, which is really the best case scenario.
Given Bush's record on judicial nominations (and on politics), it's hard to believe he would knowing nominate a "conservative restraintist". But I hope that's what has happened. Based on what I know now, it could be worse: we could be dealing with a JRBrown or Priscilla Owen, i.e., an aggressive right-wing activist in the Scalia-Thomas mold.

Time to learn.

Update: Substance notwithstanding, let me second CHB's most insightful process points.

Update 2: The CAP has exactly the right sentiment.


Blogger cornhuskerblogger said...

open mind indeed. we're not blinders-wearing ideologues at CCM -- in fact being a card-carrying member implies not a death grip with one party but a commitment to protecting the integrity of american democratic values, not least of which is respect for all and not just the loudest.

7/19/2005 9:36 PM  
Blogger strategery4 said...

Roberts was in Rosen's principled conservative list, not the ideological nutjob list, right? He's a shoo-in -- no way the Gang of 14 blocks him.

Indeed, the only downside for Bush is that the SCOTUS business WILL NOT BE the distraction from other events -- Iraq, Social Security, Plamegate -- that they so desparately need. OK, SS reform is collapsing of it's own weight (yeah, Ways and Means can't deal with it now because of -- wait for it -- CATFA). But the other stuff will still make the front pages.

Finally, gotta say the Bushies played the hard right pretty well -- "don't piss me off or I'll nominate Al Gonzales." Of course, this assumes that this guy is more in the Kennedy mold and not a wolf in sheep's clothing.

7/20/2005 6:04 PM  

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