Pinning Down the Nominee
Last night I watched Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) talking to Bush SCOTUS nominee John Roberts on C-Span, and he eloquently explained his criteria for the interview process.
Schumer said he wanted answers that would help the Senate decide if Roberts was a mainstream conservative or a Bush conservative.
He said he wanted Roberts's opinions based on past cases, already settled, so Roberts couldn't use the excuse that he doesn't want to comment on case law topics that might one day be pending in the court.
Schumer was brilliant. He left no wiggle room.