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Day By Day by Chris Muir.

9.12.2005

Monumental Day


Considering this nation will only have had 17 Supreme Court Chief Justice's when Judge John Roberts succeeds the late Chief Justice Rehnquist, today's process and the ramifications that will be felt from it, should merit anyone concerned with the leaders of this nation to take observation of this process as it unfolds this week.

National Review's Edward Whelan provides a thought-provoking forecast of how he speculates the confirmation of Judge Roberts will inevitably play out:

[T]he three fundamental dynamics of the hearing: (1) While feigning
openmindedness at the outset of the hearing, the committee's Democrats will
harshly attack Roberts. (2) Roberts's primary strategic goal will be to secure
Chairman Arlen Specter's support, not to appease Democrats. (3) And the other
Republican senators on the committee will face a choice between the politically
safe and lazy course of defending Roberts entirely on neutral grounds and the
jurisprudentially sound course of advancing the arguments for judicial
restraint.

There is every reason to believe that Roberts will be confirmed as chief justice. But how these dynamics play out during Roberts's hearing will shape the battle over the next justice.
As Mr. Whelan states, it seems to be a growing conclusion that this process is all but a non-issue for the credentials that Judge Roberts has devloped over his short, but prestigious career ensure his speedy confirmation. I, too, share this belief, though I do not foresee the Democrats neglecting an oppurtunity to grandstand and berate President Bush's nominee before a national audience, I think he will readily ascend to the bench before the Court's new term is set to begin.
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