Cart before the Horse

I'm no fan of the Bush administration. Didn't vote for him the first time and had nightmares when he was elected the second time. However his nominee for the Supreme Court, John Roberts, surprised me. I didn't find him all that objectionable. Now he's not the one I'd have picked, of course--but we are talking about the Bush White House here. I don't see how you're going to get a better Justice for the Supreme Court out of them.

That said, I still can't believe Bush is nominating Judge Roberts for the Chief Justice before he's even on the Supreme Court. And Roberts, though very experienced in a number of ways, has only been a federal judge for 2 years! Is President Bush nuts???

Comments

No_Newz said…
The pictures you requested are now posted. Although I have to say it is really tough to compete with banana spiders and locust. ;)
Lois Lane
deputyswife said…
You know, I saw the announcement this morning and was a little shocked. A Federal judge for, in reality, a very short time, and is nominated for Chief Justice?

Of course, it was one of MANY moments I stared open mouthed at my tv in this past week.
Lish said…
Hi, I'm here from Michele's. I think is he is totally insane and completely blind to what is really going on in the world and especially the U.S. I agree he definitely could have made a worse choice than John Roberts, but he is not qualified to be the Chief Justice.
moonbatty said…
Seems better than some other options, that's for sure. But he's totally jumping the ball in appointing Roberts as Chief Justice. Makes me wonder if maybe Roberts is more objectionable than we're thinking. Otherwise why wouldn't he be seeking to promote judge that had already established a conservative-leaning voting record?
Teresa said…
I've said it before -- John Roberts gives me a bad feeling in that he seems to lead a life that isn't even remotely representative of mine. From what I understand, he is a sound judge and in that respect I suppose he's acceptable. If you look at past Chief Justices, I believe 11 out of the 16 were appointed from outside the Supreme Court, so this also isn't something new.

I'm not sure there is someone currently sitting that I'd choose, but John Roberts is so young that we'd be stuck with him for (perhaps) 30 years. That makes me uneasy. On the flip side, the other justices might be hesitant to "follow" someone who isn't one of their own and we may have a few years of reprieve from anything too radical.

When I heard that he died (it was very early Sunday morning when I heard it and I was in a mood, so bear with me), my first thought was that he almost has to choose a woman for the court now. Then I thought, "He'll choose Hilary to stop her from killing the Republicans in the 2008 election" since to those guys losing is bad enough....
utenzi said…
Thanks for the news, Lois. Your pictures are great.

I didn't realize so many Chief Justices had been picked from outside the court. In fact I'd just assumed that only current Justices were available for the post. I needed to do more research, dammit.

LOL on the Hillary idea. I just can't see the GOP doing THAT, even to block her from future office.
chatty said…
When I heard it I said, "What?" Husband said, "No no...that is a mistake." Then we heard it on The Today Show. We looked at each other, jaws dropped. I am the democrat, he the republican. Even he couldn't believe it.

Michele sent me.
Michelle said…
"Is President Bush nuts?"

YES. Enough said.

Michele sent me again. We must be on the same wavelength today :-)
Michelle said…
Hello! I know it is wrong of me, but I don't really keep up with the political things. I would just be so confused. Michele sent me today!
Laura GF said…
I'm here from Michele's and I totally agree with your assessment of the Roberts nomination. What on earth is Bush thinking? Of course, I've been saying that for years now, but the events of the past week have really emphasized it.
panthergirl said…
OK, the simple answer is YES! This most recent move just proves it.

And to think we "impeached" a president over a blow job. Unreal.
kenju said…
I have thought he is/was nuts for years now.

Michele sent me back.
Keb said…
OMG! Are you kidding? I've got to go read CNN. YIKES!
Joan said…
Hi, Michele sent me today. I, too, was confused about Bush's choice to nominate Roberts as Chief Justice upon Rehnquist's death. However, as my boyfriend explained to me, it is actually the path of least resistance. Since all nominations must be confirmed by the Senate, a currently sitting Justice's paper trail of position papers on previous decisions might seem too extreme one way or the other for the Senate to confirm any of them without a prolonged battle. Roberts, on the other hand, has no previous Supreme Court decision paper trail, and his written positions on some of his own previous decisions have been somewhat vague on the "hot button" issues. As a result, he appears to be fairly moderate right now, and is likely to be confirmed within a reasonable amount of time.

Also, since Sandra Day O'Connor is still alive and promised to continue sitting on the court until her replacement is confirmed, using an already-identified nominee to replace Rehnquist buys Bush a little extra time with a full bench to find another replacement for O'Connor.
He is nuts...

Here via Michele
Yaeli said…
My impression of Bush is that he's a complete monkey. So I think it's be safe to say that yes, he is a few sandwiches short of a picnic! :o) Hope you had a great weekend!
Michele said…
Stopping by to say hello....

You were above me in the comment game so shall I say hello Michele sent me? Yes, I think I shall.

I am not American and therefore I shall refrain from offering my opinion on your President. However, I am a political speechwriter and I will admit to having great respect for Michael J. Gerson. Can you imagine having to write speeches for Bush?
utenzi said…
That is so self-referential, Michele. Cool. Thanks for visiting. As for writing speeches for Bush--that would be very difficult. While he comes across as being a 'nice guy' he also seems doofy and just kills any speech he orates. It's hard to watch at times.

Hi Yaeli. Gosh you're cute. *blush* I think you're accurate with the monkey observation but he did get voted in. Twice. *wince*
Yaeli said…
I think Utenzi's got a little web crush!! *giggles*

The fact that Americans twice voted a monkey into a position that could realistically be called "President of the World" (because the president of the USA has the most power of any world leader, even more than the Queen of England) says 2 things to me. 1. You guys are seriously lacking acceptable Presidential candidates. 2. Americans must like monkeys.

NOTE: To anyone who is offended by my opinion... just ignore me, I'm only an ignorant Australian. :o)

I'm off to be cute elsewhere!
GPV said…
I don't think americans are going to hold you in contempt because of your opinion, Yaeli,lots of them think you might have a point.
I hope they'll change things in the future and that somehow they'll wake up,because future seems really grim for parents all over the world.
They voted for him at first because they believed him, second voting was just plain cheat and the lies kept on and on.
America's meeting it's own Hitler.
They just can't believe it.
Yaeli said…
I wouldn't quite compare Dubya to Hitler. Dubya hasn't got the brains.
Carmi said…
Nothing that the U.S. government does these days seems to make sense.

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