Friday, September 16, 2005

Roberts To Be Confirmed

After watching bits and pieces of the Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats inquisitionquestioning of John Roberts over the last couple of days, I came away impressed. One man, alone and without notes, made mincemeat out of attack dogs like Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden, who were reduced in the end to mechanically repeating talking points rather than seek to engage Roberts directly. Some conservative pundits like Ann Coulter may consider Roberts to be a risk, and would have preferred a known quantity like Michael Luttig. But consider these two quotes from Roberts, then decide:

1: "Justices and judges are servants of the law, not the other way around. Judges are like umpires. Umpires don't make the rules; they apply them. Nobody ever went to a ballgame to see the umpire."

2: "If the Constitution says that the little guy should win, then the little guy's going to win in the court before me. But if the Constitution says that the big guy should win, well then the big guy's going to win, because my obligation is to the Constitution."

Liberals need the judiciary to advance their agenda, since they can't do it at the ballot box. Not one Democrat - executive or legislator, local or national - would dare run for office promising to abolish the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools, even though that's the position of the liberal elites who finance their campaigns. We conservatives should not seek to emulate the liberals by politicizing the judiciary. Putting someone like Roberts on the courts is the first step to returning the courts to do what the Founding Fathers intended it them to do - interpet the laws, not make them.

With the Judiciary Committee's hearings concluded, it appears that the Roberts confirmation is a done deal. The only questions left is how many Democrats will vote in favor of his confirmation getting out of committee, and how many will vote for him in the full Senate. My guess is that no more than two Democrats on the Judiciary Committee will vote "yea", and that Roberts will get no more than 15 Democratic votes in the final vote. The Moore people control the finances of the Democrats, so a sop in the form of a "nay" vote has to be tossed their way. No doubt that a large number of "nay" votes will be spun by the Democrats and their MSM allies as the need for President Bush to appoint a liberalmoderate woman or minority judge to replace O'Connor. Using that criteria, Bush could then nominate Janice Rogers Brown - two out of three ain't bad. ;-)

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