Tuesday, July 19, 2005


Candy Crowley is awarded with the politically savvy nickname of the night, maybe the week. Judge "Dudley Do Right."

An arch conservative, with a limited record of actual court decisions. A young, family man with 30 years (perhaps) on the bench in his future. What an interesting pick tonight from the President. And, it's a pick for 2006 as much as 2025.

Bush had to make a big pick, lest he lose that base upon which he and Rove rely so much.

FindLaw.com's Lawyer profile of Hon. John G. Roberts. LINK.

Initial cavalcade of quotes on the SCOTUS announcement tonight. Boston.com LINK.

Expect the list of reactions to grow. Some highlights:

"Judge Roberts is the kind of outstanding nominee that will make America proud. He embodies the qualities America expects in a justice on its highest court: someone who is fair, intelligent, impartial and committed to faithfully interpreting the Constitution and the law." -- Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.

"Judge Roberts is an exceptional judge, brilliant legal mind, and a man of outstanding character who understands his profound duty to follow the law." -- Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

"Who knows about this guy?" -- Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.

Quick reax. Headlined: Republicans, some Democrats praise Roberts. Boston.com LINK.

The lede and headline are that Roberts will likely face questions on abortion. Boston.com LINK. But I find the following interesting as well, read: Trial Lawyers.

As a private lawyer, the Buffalo, N.Y., native represented clients like carmaker Toyota at the Supreme Court in winning limits on disabled workers' claims.


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