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Posted: 9/5/2005 3:43:40 AM EDT
THey just confirmed on FOX that a someone from the White House has comfimed the presidents decision in the wake of William Renquists death the expedite Roberts to the Chief Justice position. To be truthful, I haven't been 100% up to par on Roberts.


What is his stance on gun control?


How are things going to look otherwise?
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 3:48:09 AM EDT
I was hoping we'd see Scalia bumped up to chief justice.

But this is a common practice. Most new chief justices come from outside the court, not veterans of the Supreme Court.
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 3:50:39 AM EDT
renquist died? holy crap! I totally missed that in all the Katrina news. So Bush is gonna nominate a second SCOTUS nominee after Roberts?
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 3:52:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By QuantumPion:
renquist died? holy crap! I totally missed that in all the Katrina news. So Bush is gonna nominate a second SCOTUS nominee after Roberts?



Yes, two now.

I'm not sure if that is good or bad
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 3:53:06 AM EDT
I haven't heard his position on the 2A and I don't think anyone knows. I don't like the guy. Admittedly I haven't followed the process as closely as I should but I'm convinced he's just another liberal in disguise.
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 3:54:00 AM EDT

Originally Posted By shootemup:

Originally Posted By QuantumPion:
renquist died? holy crap! I totally missed that in all the Katrina news. So Bush is gonna nominate a second SCOTUS nominee after Roberts?



Yes, two now.

I'm not sure if that is good or bad



It could always be worse. It could be Kerry nominating two new members to the court and picking a new chief justice.
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 3:56:14 AM EDT
If we're voting, I for for Clarence Thomas for CJ.
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 4:00:39 AM EDT
I vote this guy:

Link Posted: 9/5/2005 4:13:18 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/5/2005 4:14:03 AM EDT by theprofessor]
Sept 5 , 8:00am eastern...Roberts nominated for Chief Justice.
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 4:19:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/5/2005 4:24:01 AM EDT by JCKnife]

Originally Posted By theprofessor:
Sept 5 , 8:00am eastern...Roberts nominated for Chief Justice.


Source?

Won't this piss off the existing members? (esp. Thomas, Scalia?)

Edit: nevermind, it's all over Google News.

And the DU, of course:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=102x1754388
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 4:26:41 AM EDT
Matt "Pinko" Lauer just said that most Chief Justices come from outside the bench.

I was not aware of this.
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 4:28:56 AM EDT
Good idea. Nominating Scalia, while the
"correct" move, would require one more
congressional fight. Roberts assention to
Chief would be a slamdunk since he would
have just been approved as an Associate.

This is all inside baseball.
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 4:48:02 AM EDT
It saves them a fight, considering the left would pull out all the dirt on Scalia or Thomas should they be elevated, it's just better to appoint an outsider and not have to expend the political capital. The Chief Justice is mainly a ceremonial position, his vote doesnt count anymore than anyone else's.

Kharn
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 7:45:37 AM EDT
www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,168488,00.html

Bush Nominates Roberts as Chief Justice
Monday, September 05, 2005

WASHINGTON — Moving swiftly, President Bush on Monday nominated John Roberts (search) to succeed William H. Rehnquist (search) as chief justice of the Supreme Court.

The president made the announcement in the Oval Office before leaving for another trip to the hurricane-battered Gulf Coast.

Roberts, who once clerked for Rehnquist, said he would be honored "to succeed a man I deeply respect and admire."

"I am honored and humbled by the confidence the president has shown in me," Roberts said, standing alongside Bush in the Oval Office.

Bush called on the Senate to confirm him before the Supreme Court opens its fall term on Oct. 3. Congress has already been weighing whether to delay Roberts' confirmation hearings because of the Hurricane Katrina (search) disaster.

"He's a man of integrity and fairness and throughout his life he's inspired the respect and loyalty of others," Bush said of his pick. "John Roberts built a record of excellence and achievement and reputation for goodwill and decency toward others in his extraordinary career."

The move would promote to the Supreme Court's top job a newcomer who currently is being considered as one of eight associate justices.

Democrats said Roberts will now be held to a higher standard, although they had found little in his record to suggest they would thwart his nomination as associate justice.

"Now that the president has said he will nominate Judge Roberts as chief justice, the stakes are higher and the Senate's advice and consent responsibility is even more important," Democratic leader Harry Reid said Monday in a statement. "The Senate must be vigilant."

The president met with Roberts in the private residence of the White House for about 35 to 40 minutes on Sunday evening, then officially offered him the job at 7:15 a.m. Monday when Roberts arrived at the Oval Office.

Bush already had nominated Roberts to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (search), who is retiring. It would just take a little paper shuffling to change the nomination for Rehnquist's seat. Bush still must fill O'Connor's seat but she has promised to stay on the court until a successor is named.

The selection of Roberts, who has drawn little criticism, helps Bush avoid new political problems when he already is under fire for the government's sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina and his approval ratings in the polls are at the lowest point of his presidency.

"This had been something that had been in the president's thinking for some time — in case the chief justice retired or that there otherwise was a vacancy," White House press secretary Scott McClellan said. "The president when he met with him, knew he was a natural born leader. The president knew Judge Roberts had the qualities to lead the court."

The White House is not opposed to a delay in Roberts' confirmation hearings as long as they vote on the confirmation before the court session begins.

"We believe they have enough time to move forward to meet that goal because of all the work that's already been done and Justice O'Connor had previously indicated that she was going to stay on the court until her position was filled," McClellan said.

Getting a new chief justice of Bush's choosing in place quickly also avoids the scenario of having liberal Justice John Paul Stevens (search) making the decisions about whom to assign cases to and making other decisions that could influence court deliberations. As the court's senior justice, Stevens would take over Rehnquist's administrative duties until a new chief is confirmed.

"The passing of Chief Justice William Rehnquist leaves the center chair empty, just four weeks left before the Supreme Court reconvenes," Bush said. "It's 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."

Bush said Roberts has been closely scrutinized since he was nominated as an associate justice and that Americans "like what they see. He is a gentleman." He said Roberts has unusual experience, having argued 39 cases as a lawyer before the Supreme Court. Bush also said Roberts was a natural leader.

The move was engineered to have all nine seats on the high court filled when the court opens its fall term.

White House chief of staff Andy Card informed members of Congress, calling Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.; Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., who is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee; Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the ranking Democrat on the judiciary committee; and House Majority Leader Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.

The White House counsel's office notified the Supreme Court through Justice John Paul Stevens, the senior-most member of the court.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., a member of the judiciary committee, said the nomination "raises the stakes" in making sure that the American people and the Senate know Roberts' views.

"Judge Roberts has a clear obligation to make his views know fully and completely at the hearings and we look forward to them," Schumer said.

Liberal groups have expressed opposition to Roberts because of his conservative writings as an attorney for the Reagan administration and his rulings as an appeals court judge. However, it does not appear that his opponents have enough votes to block Roberts' confirmation.

That alone might have been impetus for Bush to rename Roberts for chief justice. Bush, with low standing in the polls, might not have the political capital he would need to win a Senate battle over a conservative ideologue who would draw intense opposition.

Rehnquist, 80 at his death, served on the Supreme Court for 33 years and was its leader for 19 years.

Rehnquist, a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, will be buried in a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery alongside his wife, who died in 1991, following a funeral that morning at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington. He died Saturday at his home.

His body will lie in repose in the marble Great Hall of the Supreme Court building on Tuesday and on Wednesday morning with the public invited to pay its respects.


Link Posted: 9/5/2005 7:51:48 AM EDT
I guess the fact that Schumer is opposed to Roberts is a good sign
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 7:54:02 AM EDT
I didn't know they nominated the CJ from outside. Seems weird though to give the name of the court to some newbie rather than a guy that has been doing the job for decades.
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 8:17:48 AM EDT
If Roberts has been nominated to be Chief Justice, that means that O'Connor's Associate Justice position has no nominee. Ergo, she stays on on the Supreme Court, as her resignation was contingent upon a replacement.

CRAP!!
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 8:22:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By RichinCM:
If Roberts has been nominated to be Chief Justice, that means that O'Connor's Associate Justice position has no nominee. Ergo, she stays on on the Supreme Court, as her resignation was contingent upon a replacement.

CRAP!!

She leaves as soon as the Senate confirms her replacement, she hasnt withdrawn her resignation.

Kharn
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 8:26:49 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Rastus:
I haven't heard his position on the 2A and I don't think anyone knows. I don't like the guy. Admittedly I haven't followed the process as closely as I should but I'm convinced he's just another liberal in disguise.



Of course, you know exactly NOTHING about the guy, but you pronounce him a liberal already.

Granted, I don't know much about him, that is why I am reserving judgement.
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 8:32:57 AM EDT
Look for Clemmons from NOLA to fill 2nd slot...that was W's nomination behind Roberts
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 8:41:06 AM EDT

Originally Posted By shootemup:
I guess the fact that Schumer is opposed to Roberts is a good sign



He'd be opposed to Ted Kennedy if Bush nominated him.
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 7:22:56 PM EDT
It seems assinine to make a newbie the Chief Justice.
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