Monday, September 12, 2005

Let's Hear a Hearing

Currently, we have Senators pontificating about the role of the Supreme Court.

Listen.

I suspect Roberts is going to be confirmed without much trouble, so the questioning is probably the most telling part of this whole process.

Got to disagree with Kennedy somewhat. To some degree, interpretation of the existing constitution is important.

Hm. John Cornyn isn't so bright.

Expanding freedom. Hm. That seems reasonable.

Judicial activism? I think I'd be more inclined to attribute the polarization of American politics to ... oh ... the marriage of the Republican party and the Religious Right.

...ah, let's see what Roberts says.

- He says that a judge is like an umpire ... interpreting the laws, not creating them.

- Judges have to be humble and listen to the opinions of their colleagues.

- Wow. Beautiful description of the Rule of Law.

- More baseball imagery.

- Ends up with two commitments: 1) to be judicially modest 2) to defend the independence of the court.

- 6 minutes. Succinct. No wonder this guy was a spectacular lawyer.

5 comments:

LaughingJack said...

If I knew anything about the state of politics in the world, I might have understood this, being the schlub I am, I didn't even know we were anointing or whatever they do to a new justice, til I saw it this morning on the TV while I was hitting up the soda machine in the break room.

Go figure.

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Paul said...

"I think I'd be more inclined to attribute the polarization of American politics to ... oh ... the marriage of the Republican party and the Religious Right."

Amen.

LaughingJack said...

I swear, if I have to look at the "lets hear a hearing" page ONE more time.. I might have to come up there and do violence to your person... make with the posting!

Kyle said...

Matt, I did the diablog thing on the side bar and it sent me to a "page not found" page. Did it work? Is that what was s'pose to happen? Whah?