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And the nominee is ... John Roberts

Things just got a lot more interesting, now that President George W. Bush has nominated John Roberts -- a federal appeals court judge, a New York native and a Harvard Law School graduate -- to succeed the seat that will be vacated by the first woman on the United States Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor.

Many blawggers, from noted partisans to the most gentle(wo)manly professional, is invoking that mosh pit of all political mosh pits, the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings to come. Even Mike Fox, whose restrained politics and professionalism make Jottings by an Employer's Lawyer one of my favorite blogs  -- even though we frequently disagree  --  had this to say:

"[I]f I were a Democrat, particularly one running for office in the 2006 elections, I would be deathly afraid that the face and image of the party is going to be represented most prominently by Senator Leahy and his right hand person for judicial nominees, Senator Schumer (D-NY). In his post-announcement rush to challenge Judge Roberts, the anticipation of 12 weeks (months?) in the spotlight was all too evident. Maybe we will get a replay of Senator Hatch telling him that he is asking "dumb ass questions" that occurred in Judge Roberts confirmation hearings for the D.C. seat he now holds. See Howard Bashman's post and link to those hearings here. Senator Schumer will of course not be the only big ego in the confirmation hearings, but my guess is that he will be by far the most obnoxious. Apparently, I was not the only one who was less than impressed with the start of the Democratic Dynamic Duo, see Professor Ethan Leib's post about their conference at PrawfsBlawg, that begins, "Why do the Democrats do such stupid things sometimes?"

But others expect Judge Roberts to "sail through," including The VC's Orin Kerr, who spins the spin:

"The interest groups have to make a lot of noise right now, but it's mostly because they see that as their job regardless of who is the candidate. Lots of groups have been given lots of money to fight or support whoever Bush nominates, and that money has to be spent somehow. The spring has been wound very tight, and now we have to let it unwind a bit. But most people I've talked to aren't taking it very seriously, or seeing it as very specific to Roberts..."

Here's a round-up of Law.com bloggers on the subject:

And don't miss what the Volokh Conspirators said in May when Roberts' name first surfaced as a potential nominee, including their review of his record.

Posted by Laurel Newby on July 20, 2005 at 12:31 PM | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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