Monday, September 05, 2005

Supreme opportunity for Roberts

Even in Democrat circles, John Roberts was said to be a shoo-in for replacing Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court. Now with the death of William H. Rehnquist, President Bush wants Roberts to wear the chief justice robe:

WASHINGTON — Moving swiftly, President Bush on Monday nominated John Roberts to succeed William H. Rehnquist as chief justice of the Supreme Court.

The president made the announcement in the Oval Office before leaving for another trip to the hurricane-battered Gulf Coast.

Roberts, who once clerked for Rehnquist, said he would be honored "to succeed a man I deeply respect and admire."

"I am honored and humbled by the confidence the president has shown in me," Roberts said, standing alongside Bush in the Oval Office.

So what do Democrats say of his chances now?

Democrats said Roberts will now be held to a higher standard, although they had found little in his record to suggest they would thwart his nomination as associate justice.

"Now that the president has said he will nominate Judge Roberts as chief justice, the stakes are higher and the Senate's advice and consent responsibility is even more important," Democratic leader Harry Reid said Monday in a statement. "The Senate must be vigilant."

Get your popcorn ready, folks.

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