Beyond calling her nominated successor “first rate” and admitting to disappointment that the president didn’t pick a woman, retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor made a potent point this week about the upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the confirmation of John Roberts: They will be showtime for senators who want to look “erudite” by asking tough questions. (The stars will include Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., whose performance will be watched especially closely because of his presidential aspirations.) She added: “When you overlay that with the present concern of some members of Congress with judges who are being painted as activist, whatever that is, I think it is inevitable that there is going to be a lot of time spent on confirmation hearings.” Let’s hope it’s time well spent.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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