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  •  Yup, this isn't about Roberts, it's about Bush (none)
    and the GOP.

    Roberts is obviously a stealth candidate, and his judicial background is so scant as to be beside the point. The responsible Judiciary Committee members will try to find out what makes the man tick, and ask him hypothetical questions, which -- being well coached -- he will dodge. They will try to link his past writings to potential cases, which he will sidestep. There's not much we in the blogosphere can do about that.

    What we CAN do is try to draw some more blood from Bush, who -- if the polls are accurate -- is walking wounded right now. We should be hammering home such points as:

    • How could he responsibly nominate somebody to the highest court who has been a judge for just two years?
    • What about the appearance of a Bush conflict of interest vis à vis Roberts, e.g. Roberts' role in Florida vote in 2000 and his recent ruling upholding Guantánamo show trials?
    • 7 of 9 current SCOTUS members were nominated by Repubs. Look at Roberts' background (Rehnquist clerking, etc.) and his wife's affiliation. How can Bush pretend this is a mainstream choice?

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