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Ambivalence about Roberts

September 14, 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments

Admittedly, I haven’t paid that much attention to John Roberts’s nomination to the Supreme Court. He doesn’t appear to be some sort of lunatic wingnut, but he’s solidly conservative. He’s qualified. Of course, I would rather have more moderate or liberal justices on the court (though a court filled with solid liberals might not be the best thing; there’s something to be said for balance here).

I wonder, though, does that mean I should be opposing his nomination? Certainly in one sense I do oppose his nomination, as I wouldn’t nominate him and his opinions do not coincide with mine. The question is, then, if I were in the Senate, would I vote against him? It doesn’t seem to me that it’s the Senate’s job to oppose nominees they disagree with ideologically. Their job is to make sure the President doesn’t nominate some incompetent lunatic. That standard should probably be narrowed for Supreme Court nominees, due to the importance of the position. At this point, it looks like Roberts is in that zone of acceptability. It seems to me that since it is the President’s job to nominate the judges, he should be allowed to do so within the range pointed out above without much interference. I don’t expect Bush to appoint judges I like. Though, with the last election being so close, choosing moderate judges seems like the correct thing to do. I don’t think it’s something to be enforced by the Senate, however.

Anyway, I’m rambling. I’m open to opposing views. In fact, I very much want to hear them. A Supreme Court nomination is obviously a big deal, so if I’m going to say Democrats shouldn’t oppose a nominee whose opinions I disagree with, I’d like to make sure I’m correct.

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