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John Roberts was sworn in as the 17th chief justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). This passes the torch from one ultra conservative justice to another. It's also safe to say Roberts should be in the job for quite a while. He marks the youngest chief justice since John Marshall got the nod from John Adams a couple of centuries ago. The Washington Post has a decent article on the event.
John Glover Roberts Jr. was sworn in this afternoon as the 17th chief justice of the United States, replacing the late William H. Rehnquist, the mentor for whom he clerked.
The White House ceremony, attended by many of Washington's most influential political leaders, came less than four hours after the Senate voted 78-22 to confirm Roberts.
I thought before that letting Roberts go relatively uncontested might have been a good idea. Right now though, the Republicans are weakened and while they do fight, this might have been a prime opportunity to wound them again. The next fight will certainly be contentious. In all honesty, I hope the Democrats fight this one with vigor unless they got a moderate in the job. Of course, once they're in there, one has no way of knowing what's going to happen. Roberts could end up being a leftist gorilla but we shall see.
posted by Stithmeister @ 6:46 PM
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Stithmeister, i will hereby wager you a lunch at the Cajun place on Harrodsburg Rd. (one for N'Awlins!) regarding the following:
There will be Democrats who fight the next nomination vigorously, but the Democratic 'leadership' will be 'present' in opposition, not vigorous;
And there will be no filibuster-type hard-fought, scorched-earth resistance, as by the time it gets to nomination, the Democratic 'leadership' will be saying "It's going to happen, we can't stop it anyway, we need to save our strength for the next fight down the road, pie-in-the-sky, by-and-by."
Are we on?
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