Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Roberts vows to honor established rulings

Supreme Court nominee John Roberts assured Senators in his confirmation hearing today that he will honor legal precendents in making his decisions from the bench. According to USA Today:

John Roberts says he will honor established Supreme Court rulings, telling a Senate committee that legal precedents are important to "promoting the stability of the legal system.".

Senator Charles Schumer, however, was somewhat dubious:

"As with so many of Roberts' recent statements, this holds some hope and promise, but it also raises many questions," said Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-New York. "That's why the hearings will be so crucial to determining whether Judge Roberts will rule from the bench in a careful and non-ideological way, or will instead choose to make law or impose his will."

Isn't that what Justices Kennedy and Souter already do? Oh yeah, those guys are on your side, aren't they Sen. Schumer.

I would like to take this moment to thank Bill Frist and all the other "please like me" Senate Republicans for giving Sen. Schumer and his friends the opportunity to set the criteria for Roberts' confirmation. It is because they were afraid to activate the nuclear option that we still get to see Chucky Schumer, Dick Durbin, Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and Barbara Boxer getting on camera daily and telling us what they "hope to see" if {insert nominee name here} wants a bork's chance of being confirmed. Thank you Republican Senators!

"You're right, I am a coward!
I haven't any courage at all.
I even scare myself."