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calendar   Thursday - September 29, 2005

Confirmed

Now the real war begins in the Senate. You can expect Dummycraps to pitch a hissy-fit no matter who Bush nominates to replace Sandra Day O’Connor. I predict the next nominee will be grilled mercilessly and the hearings will drag out for months. The final result: Dummycraps will filibuster and Republicans will be forced to use the “nuclear option” to over-ride them. I also predict that Howard Dean will make an ass out of himself, George Soros and MoveOn.org will spend billions and John Kerry will babble his usual useless bullshit to gain camera time for the news. Oh .... almost forgot .... I also predict the MSM and Hollywood will be making so much racket over the next few months that we’ll all be deaf by New Years.

imageimageSenate Confirms Roberts As Chief Justice
WASHINGTON (AP)

John Glover Roberts Jr. won confirmation as the 17th chief justice of the United States Thursday, overwhelmingly approved by the Senate as the jurist to lead the Supreme Court through turbulent social issues for generations to come. The Senate voted 78-22 to confirm Roberts - a 50-year-old U.S. Appeals judge from the Washington suburb of Chevy Chase, Md. - as the successor to the late William H. Rehnquist, who died earlier this month.

All of the Senate’s majority Republicans, and about half of the Democrats, voted for Roberts. Underscoring the rarity of a chief justice’s confirmation, senators answered the roll by standing one by one at their desks as their names were called, instead of voting and leaving the chamber. Roberts is the first new Supreme Court justice since 1994. Before becoming a federal judge, Roberts was one of the nation’s best appellate lawyers, arguing 39 cases - many in front of the same eight justices he will now lead as chief justice.

He won 25 of those cases. Roberts watched the Senate vote on television from the White House’s Roosevelt Room. He and his wife Jane, were to have lunch with President Bush and first lady Laura Bush, followed by a swearing-in ceremony with the president at the White House, so Roberts could take his seat in time for the new court session Monday. Justice John Paul Stevens was administering the oath. Under Roberts, justices will tackle issues like assisted suicide, campaign finance law and abortion this year, with questions about religion, same-sex marriage, the government’s war on terrorism and human cloning looming in the future.

“With the confirmation of John Roberts, the Supreme Court will embark upon a new era in its history, the Roberts era,” said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., whose 55 GOP members unanimously voted for the multimillionaire judge. “And for many years to come, long after many of us have left public service, the Roberts court will be deliberating on some of the most difficult and fundamental questions of U.S. law.”

Twenty-two Democrats opposed Roberts, saying he could turn out to be as conservative as justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, the Supreme Court anchors on the right. “At the end of the day, I have too many unanswered questions about the nominee to justify confirming him to this lifetime seat,” said Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada. Anti-abortion and abortion rights activists both have their hopes pinned on Roberts, a former government lawyer in the Reagan and first Bush administrations. While Roberts is solidly conservative and his wife, Jane, volunteers for Feminists for Life, both sides were eager to see how he will vote on abortion cases.

Roberts told senators during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings that past Supreme Court rulings carry weight, including the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in 1973. He also said he agreed with the 1965 Supreme Court ruling in Griswold v. Connecticut that established the right of privacy in the sale and use of contraceptives. But he tempered that by saying Supreme Court justices can overturn rulings. During four days of sometimes testy questioning by Democrats, Roberts refused to hint how he would rule on cases.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/29/2005 at 03:30 PM   
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