President Bushâ€™s swift decision to upgrade Judge John Robertsâ€™ nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court from that an associate justice to the chief justice was politically expedient. For all the left wingâ€™s attempts to tar Roberts in recent weeks, he still looks like a bulletproof candidate â€” with the conservative pedigree to cut it with the right and the weighty resume to satisfy the middle and earn the American Bar Associationâ€™s highest review. So his confirmation seems assured, and the real fight likely has been deferred to the benchâ€™s second opening. And as the president said Monday, "It is in the interest of the court and the country to have a chief justice on the bench on the first full day of the fall term." (It also would keep liberal Justice John Paul Stevens from filling the chiefâ€™s seat, even temporarily.)
In the rush to confirm Roberts, though, neither the Senate nor the public should neglect the long-lasting implications of this new development. Hereâ€™s one: With Roberts a tender 50, this means he could be in charge of the court for two to three decades. Is he ready? And what about those Americans who are more than ready to see someone other than a white male lead the nationâ€™s highest court?
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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