Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Ann Coulter on the Supreme Court Nominee

I don't intend to blog much about Supreme Court justices. In fact, this might be the one and only post. Zillions of other blogs are doing it, to include the many lawyer-bloggers. I like reading about it and staying informed, but it ain't something that I get all fired up about. I reckon President Bush and his folks will nominate good people, although no one can be sure what a person will do when they sit on the high bench -- especially when that high bench is the highest.

I like Ann Coulter. While I don't agree with her all the time (only about 99.9% of the time), I pay attention to what she has to say. She cuts through the bullshit like the 3rd Infantry Division cutting through the Republican Guard. She has a wonderful sense of humor -- and she is, more often than not, right on target.



Miss Ann is not fully embracing the President's first Supreme Court nominee:


So all we know about him for sure is that he can't dance and he probably doesn't know who Jay-Z is. Other than that, he is a blank slate. Tabula rasa. Big zippo. Nada. Oh, yeah...we also know he's argued cases before the supreme court. big deal; so has Larry fFynt's attorney.

But unfortunately, other than that that, we don't know much about John Roberts. Stealth nominees have never turned out to be a pleasant surprise for conservatives. Never. Not ever.

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The only way a supreme court nominee could win the approval of NARAL and Planned Parenthood would be to actually perform an abortion during his confirmation hearing, live, on camera, and preferably a partial birth one.

It means nothing that Roberts wrote briefs arguing for the repeal of Roe v. Wade when he worked for Republican administrations. He was arguing on behalf of his client, the United States of America. Roberts has specifically disassociated himself from those cases, dropping a footnote to a 1994 law review article that said:

"In the interest of full disclosure, the author would like to point out that as Deputy Solicitor General for a portion of the 1992-93 Term, he was involved in many of the cases discussed below. In the interest of even fuller disclosure, he would also like to point out that his views as a commentator on those cases do not necessarily reflect his views as an advocate for his former client, the United States."

This would have been the legal equivalent, after O.J.'s acquittal, of Johnnie Cochran saying, "hey, I never said the guy was innocent. I was just doing my job."

And it makes no difference that conservatives in the White House are assuring us Roberts can be trusted. We got the exact same assurances from officials working for the last president Bush about David Hackett Souter.

I believe their exact words were, "Read our lips; Souter's a reliable conservative."

1 comment:

El Jefe Maximo said...

You forgot to add that Coulter is drop dead gourgeous.