Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Meanwhile, in the USA...

I'm well over my CanCon levels for September, so I think I'll plow into US politics for a little bit...

1. George Bush is going to head an inquiry into finding out...how he messed up dealing with Katrina! Gosh, with all the problems of the Gomery Pyle show, why didn't Martin just appoint himself to head the Adscam Inquiry? Or, if he was too busy, maybe he could have found a young law graduate to handle it.

2. 410 google news stories on Hillary Clinton criticizing Bush for his handling Hurricane Katrina. It sounds to me like somebody is running for President.

3. John Roberts is now in line to be Chief Justice. Talk about career advancement! I wish there were more companies that dished out juicy promotions before they'd even hired you. Say what you want about Roberts but this is still a nice slap in the face to the other neo-cons on that Court.

7 Comments:

  • I'd like to respond to all 3..

    1) Wasn't Gomery appointed to the bench by Trudeau? Bush heading the inquiry sound weird. What's the purpose of the inquiry anyways? Nice Cherniak joke, too.

    2)Did you also notice Barack Obama (A SENATOR from ILLINOIS) down there? Getting photographed walking around the astrodome will Bill Clinton, no less? They're grooming this guy...

    3) Somebody posted somewhere that judges are frequently appointed directly to the Chief Justice. I kind of feel like they should put in some time on the Supreme Court before making Chief Justice...

    By Blogger Toronto Tory, at 7:26 PM  

  • "I kind of feel like they should put in some time on the Supreme Court before making Chief Justice..."

    Perhaps. I just like the idea that the representatives of the people who foot the bill get the chance to vett the appointment. Gee - what a system.

    Dean

    By Blogger deaner, at 12:51 AM  

  • "I kind of feel like they should put in some time on the Supreme Court before making Chief Justice..."

    I don't necessarily agree that's necessary - it's like saying the President should serve as Vice-President first... If he's qualified, he's qualified.

    "Perhaps. I just like the idea that the representatives of the people who foot the bill get the chance to vett the appointment. Gee - what a system."

    Roberts will still have to go through the congressional vetting process...

    I hate you for making me sound like a Bush-apologist.

    By Anonymous K, at 8:54 AM  

  • Re-appointing Roberts to Chief is not really a slap in the face to other neo-cons on the court; they know how the process works.

    If you promote a current supreme to Chief it requires an extra round of confirmation hearings because the new chief has to be re-confirmed plus the confirmation of the person taking is place.

    So with two vacancies on the bench, promoting from within would require three confirmations which would be a lot of work for Bush and the Senate, plus it would probably leave vacancies on the bench when the new session started. And unlike our PM, Bush seems actually concerned about getting justices on the bench in a timely fashion.

    By Blogger Matthew, at 11:32 AM  

  • And don't forget the obvious: Roberts is young. If he is appointed Chief Justice, he has the potential to have a conservative reign that will last decades.

    TB

    By Blogger Cerberus, at 12:25 PM  

  • From Wikipedia:

    "Justices Scalia and Thomas are generally perceived as the Court's conservative wing, and the late Chief Justice Rehnquist was seen as being part of this wing. Justices Souter, Breyer, Ginsburg, and Stevens are generally perceived as its liberal wing. Justices O'Connor and Kennedy are considered moderates, and are hence the swing votes who often determine the outcomes of close cases."

    Have you ever read Scalia or Thomas? Craaaazy (i.e. see Scalia's dissent in the USSC Colorado anti-gay constitutional ammendment from about 8 years ago), too crazy to run a full Court as well as the entire federal judiciary's administrative structure and Bush knows it. I'm comforted, oddly enough, by appointing Roberts, as it shows he's more moderate. Now, at least. Although making the neophyte the chief is nuts nuts nuts - and EVERYONE knew Rehnquist was near death. That inspired a West Wing episode last season. Bush had to have Roberts in mind as his successor from the get-go (or at least that the crazies were out), and as such I'm surprised he didn't appoint his #2 pick (who remains incognito) first. I don't buy the "2 confirmations is better than 3" argument. The position is supremely important (pun intended), and is worth the extra fuss.

    By Blogger matt, at 2:08 PM  

  • Or maybe I've just answered my own implicit question: the Bush strategy was NOT to appoint a neophyte, but to appiont Roberts as the Chief after having been confirmed and a bit of time on the bench. Which means that they built their whole USSC strategy around the health of an 80 year old man with cancer. The Democrats really ought have been able to use that to their advantage somehow.

    By Blogger matt, at 2:11 PM  

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