Republicans to Roberts: OmertÃ


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Roberts Goes To China

Roberts performed very well.

He came accross, to the TV audience at large, as more of a Chinese man in a bull shop, than a bull in a China shop.

Democrats, knowing he will win, should start thinking strategically and think more about the future.

Gotham Image's picture
Posted by Gotham Image (not verified) on 12 September 2005 - 4:30pm
I think they are

All of this is not about Roberts, but also about the next nominee. Time to lay out the deal breakers for the next nominee.

Roberts may be sewn up, but this is just one battle in an ongoing war. Even the losses must be contested fully.

media girl's picture
Posted by media girl on 12 September 2005 - 5:48pm
Trojan Horse?

Does anyone have any sense that the rumored resistance to Roberts from the radical right is going to take any tangible form? Or, are they waiting for the Democratic Leadership to take all the heat and then sit back and watch the fun?

Semanticleo's picture
Posted by Semanticleo (not verified) on 12 September 2005 - 10:18pm
They'd confirm Brown of FEMA fame

I loved the instructions from the Republicans. "Don't answer any questions about what you think." Any person in public office could say the same about how they might vote, say, for a bill about gun control or birth control.

Matsu's picture
Posted by Matsu on 13 September 2005 - 12:14am
Game, set, match

We're already gamed even if he does talk, because we all know that the real question is: "Will you rule by the Constitution or by the Baltimore Catechism?" And the Republicans have that game all sewn up.

Roberts' religious views shouldn't be fair game for questioning unless they inform his thinking to the point that they could become a dominant and deciding factor in his rulings -- and considering his position within the John Carroll Society and his extremely close connections to members of Opus Dei, that is a distinct possibility. But if that point is even touched upon, it's sure to be drowned out at once by a howling chorus crying "invasion of personal privacy!" (which would be richly ironic in this particular case) and "anti-Catholic discrimination!"

They get to have it both ways. Was anyone else struck today by how extremely tense he looked? The last time I saw lips that compressed and a brow that furrowed, Pat Robertson was praying for a Supreme Court justice or two to die.

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Posted by moiv on 13 September 2005 - 12:43am