Thursday, August 04, 2005

Liberals complain too much... Roberts should be confirmed.

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Personally, I see absolutely no reason why Roberts should not be confirmed for his nomination to the Supreme Court by President Bush. Roberts seems to be a very good guy for the job. He is fair, he is consistent and he has made judgments about the law according to the law. So far, I haven't even seen one shred of proof that would say Roberts is hiding some kind of "right wing" agenda. He just seems to be a fair and open-minded Conservative (in a good way), Republican, Catholic. There is nothing wrong with that; just like there is nothing wrong with me being a Consertive Anglican Democrat. If anything, Roberts may not even be "conservative;" he might just be a mainstream "moderate," which is what the Supreme Court needs. You know, not all Republicans have given into the religious right's bigoted agenda. As an article in the L.A. Times points out, Roberts even helped win a case involving gay rights...guess what...he fought for the rights of gays. Yup, that's right. So the liberals need to just shut up now and stop complaining. There is nothing to complain about.


I'm not quite at the point of seeing no reason why he shouldn't be confirmed -- as I pointed out, his view of the Commerce Clause could in fact be a very good reason why he shouldn't be confirmed. I'm also not at all of the opinion that he is a moderate; he's definitely a conservative, and I don't think we could have expected anything less from President Bush. But the question is: What kind of conservative is he? Not all judicial conservatives are bad -- both Justice Souter and Justice O'Connor are judicial conservatives, they're just not originalist/libertarian conservatives.

As I've said from the beginning, I think it would behoove all of us to take a deep breath and wait for the Senate confirmation hearings.
posted by Blogger Nate at 8/05/2005 07:39:00 PM