Thursday, September 15, 2005

Final Thoughts About John Roberts

After watching several hours of hearings, I have concluded that John Roberts is absolutely one of the most intelligent, polished and charismatic men that Bush has ever tried to appoint, hire, nominate or endorse.
Alas, I find his brilliance at sidestepping questions and offering substantive replies that turn out to be non-replies once the transcripts are read make him of man of dubious trustworthiness.
I just don't think he'll be able to separate his extreme right-wing personal views and his Bushian, big business agenda from interpreting laws in an even-handed manner with regard to ordinary citizens and taxpayers.
He seems like a sincere man, and a man of good character.
I just don't think he's the best man to become our next Chief Justice.
At first, I thought he might be wise enough to "appear" to tow the Bush line, then once he took his seat on the bench, he might become his own man and interpret the laws in a fair and just manner.
I just don't trust that he will, after all.
I would love to hire him as my lawyer as a plaintiff, because he's slicker than greased owl shit.
I just don't think we need a Chief Justice whose slickness might serve the unbalanced and greedy nature of the ultra right-wing, religious fundamentalist, xenophobic, pro-big business Bush fascist agenda.
John Roberts was close, but no cigar.

12 comments:

in.dog.neato said...

just from my gut, I'd hafta say that I wouldn't trust anyone Chimp put before the panel to confirm as far as I could throw them. I don't give a hoot in hell WHAT his qualifications are or how impressive his references/resume' is/are.

We've already seen in the last week or so how much an impressive resume' is worth (You're doing a great job, Brownie) in this cronyistic regime. Bush's own resume' is scurrious at best (Arbusto Oil, Harken Energy).

Unfortunately for Bush, I believe he made a few too many promises to too many people to get his incompetent ass elected, and when the tab came due, he had to put his buddies (without whose help he probably wouldn't have gotten past McCain and the primaries the first time round, and Kerry the second) SOMEwhere...might as well give 'em a cushy job where they won't have to do much...not.

fucking idiot.

As far as Roberts goes, I think he snowed a lot of people in the confirmation hearings, but in the end he'll probably wind up fucking the lot of us by falling in lock-step with the neocon jackbooted gestappo regime. This will basically solidify the Right's stranglehold on our liberties and 'freedoms.' Use 'em now, kids, we ain't gonna have 'em for too much longer if the Right has their way.

Mike said...

i don't know anything about the guy...

on the other hand this satirical story from the onion is hilarious....
http://www.theonion.com/content/node/40512

Karen Zipdrive said...

That was funny, Mike.
Can they test the dna of a bean size fetus to determine whether it'll turn out to be a white male?

Lulu Maude said...

It's hard to get behind any of Bush's nominees. Let's face it--he'll be confirmed. If a dork like Clarence Thomas can be confirmed, a bright guy like Roberts will be. My only prayer is that he'll grow with the job. If he's really that bright, he may outdistance his origins. Remember who appointed Sandra Day O'Connor, everyone's favorite swing vote? (OK, I know... she was a woman...)

Lulu Maude said...

p.s. The nominating party always tells the candidate to keep mum on personal views, biases, etc.

Karen Zipdrive said...

Lulu-
Sandy Day O'C did surprise us with her moderation and swing votes that went our way.
I am hoping Roberts might still become his own man and distance himself from the worst president in history once he gets a lock on the job.

in.dog.neato said...

one could only hope that will be the case. i think even the most hardline condervatives are beginning to see the folly in following Bush's brand of fanatical neoconservatism, and it seems to be showing.

if roberts is as smart as i think he is..he'll distance himself from Chimp, because it can only hurt him politically (which means what, exactly? he's got the job for life, or until he steps down.). I said (up there) before that he'll wind up following in the regime's footsteps...yeah...but on further consideration, he IS an intelligent man and probably knows it would behoove him to put as much space betwixt him and the Chimp In Charge.

in.dog.neato said...

BTW..I AM an optimist at heart...

Holly in Cincinnati said...

Toe Toe Toe the line...

biggsis said...

I'm surprised that the Chimps chose someone with brains. Considering the R's planted Uncle Thomas as a Supreme, complete with his nasty curly-hair-on-a-coke-can humor, at least with Roberts I'm not totally insulted. Roberts has actually challenged my intelligence rather than just my ability to sniff out yet another Republican scammer.

On the other hand, we knew what we had with Uncle Thomas. He's a stupid black man who wants desperately to be liked by (what he perceives to be) smart white men so he steps and fetches for the old white male farts on the Court. Even Thurgood Marshall himself said re Uncle Thomas, "a snake is a snake no matter what color he is."

Who knows how Roberts will turn out, but as horrible as this sounds, having some doubt is better than knowing for sure that he'll screw us. Obviously Roberts will be sensitive to gay issues. And he did say that Roe v. Wade is the law of the land and its disruptive to overturn long standing precedent. If he said much more than that even the stupid Chimp could possibly understand and withdraw support.

Finally, are you sure you'd want a judge to announce exactly how he's going to rule before you ever got your case into his courtroom? I'd prefer that he or she rule on a case by case basis once all the facts are presented.

I say let's toss the dice and hope for the best on this questionable one, and save our energy to fight against the really really bad ones the Chimp has waiting in the wings for us.

Karen Zipdrive said...

Valid points, sis, but I think Bill Mahar was most encouraging last night when he pointed out that he thinks this Greg Kinnear look-alike is gay.
Roberts adopted his kids and he was shown in a photo with a group of gay looking guys, holding up a tray of nicely presented food.
Mahar pointed out that straight men don't pose with food.
If Roberts is as smart as I hope he is, once he dons the robe with the gold sleeve stripes, he'll thumb his nose at Bush and start ruling from the bench like he's got some sense.
He could start to (try to) salvage the GOP's ruined reputation on Day One.

Karen Zipdrive said...

BTW Sen. Charles Schumer was on Bill Mahar's show last night too, and he said Roberts was even iffy about naming his favorite movie.
Schumer wasn't too impressed with all the bobbing and weaving.