July 20, 2005

John "Pillow Fort" Roberts

DNC chair Howard Dean had this to say about Bush's Supreme Court nominee, who would be known as Karl Rove's pillow fort if there was any justice (hah!) in the world:

"It is disappointing that when President Bush had the chance to bring the country together, he instead turned to a nominee who may have impressive legal credentials, but also has sharp partisan credentials that cannot be ignored.

"Democrats take very seriously the responsibility to protect the individual rights of all Americans and are committed to ensuring that ideological judicial activists are not appointed to the Supreme Court. The Senate Judiciary Committee will now have the opportunity to see if Judge Roberts can put his partisanship aside, and live up to a Supreme Court Justice's duty to uphold the rights and freedoms of every American and the promise of equal justice for all."

Dream on, pal. Bush, of course, kicked off the sideshow with a refreshing round of content free cliched repetition:

... He's the kind of person that will bring great dignity to the Court. Judge Roberts is off to the Senate this morning to begin his consultations. I'm confident the senators will come to realize what I've come to realize: We're lucky to have a man of such wisdom and intellectual strength willing to serve our country.

I'm also confident that the process will move forward in a dignified, civil way. ...

Yeah, dignity, which as Bill Maher so colorfully explained is a synonym for ****ing your wife. In private, one can only presume. The other thing Republican radicals like to keep private are their more reprehensible political positions, which Roberts is no doubt fully prepared not to speak to the Senate about. While various bloggers have pointed out distasteful positions he's taken in the past, I'm with Soto in viewing this as a futile fight.

There's no way Bush will appoint an actual moderate, and if the Democrats make a big deal of this, I've little doubt that the Republicans will steamroll right over the Senate parliamentarian in their great haste to nuke the filibuster. This fight was always going to be over before it began, and nothing but the surprise announcement of an indictment against Karl Rove next week has a chance of derailing this train. And what are the odds of that?

So write your Democratic Senators, encourage them to ask pointy questions during the hearings, and generally act like they have spines. It'll be good practice, like warming up before a marathon. And then go back to watching Fitzgerald's investigation, because it's about the only game in town where the outcome isn't predetermined.

Posted by natasha at July 20, 2005 08:49 AM | US Politics | Technorati links |

I am going to have a post up tomorrow saying something sort of similiar. I think Dems need to ask hard questions, but then vote no and let him get confirmed. Then, let's get back to the DSM, Plame, Iraq War lies, and the economy. Don't fight a losing battle, win the ones to come that are winnable.

Posted by: Scott at July 20, 2005 06:08 PM

I guess I am amazed that people are surprised by this. We knew in November this was what we were going to get.

Posted by: Ron In Portland at July 21, 2005 06:28 AM

You're right, that was a presumption.

Posted by: paradox at July 21, 2005 10:43 AM

I wasn't surprised, except on the count of their picking a telegenic white guy. But.. Young? Check. Blank slate (more or less)? Check. History of loyal service to the Bush family? Check. Wingnuts smirking their tight-lipped glee? Check.

Nothing new to see here.

Posted by: natasha at July 21, 2005 11:52 AM

"He can't be stopped." Isn't that what they said about Bolton, before they started investigating?

Posted by: PhilK at July 22, 2005 12:58 PM