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  •  Whatever else he is, Roberts is not a stealth (7+ / 0-)

    nominee.   At the time he was nominated, he was well known to be not only a former law clerk to Chief Justice Rehnquist, but a true acolyte of the Chief, one of the most evil, anti-civil rights, intellectually dishonest, pro-executive, anti-union, pro-business justices we've ever had.  No question Roberts was talented, charming, faux modest -- his analogy to the justices being "umpires" was bogus in the extreme -- and had the paper qualifications, but it can come as no surprise today that he is carrying out the dangerous agenda that Dubya wanted and expected from him.  

    "The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love."

    by Budlawman on Fri Jan 22, 2010 at 10:52:28 PM PST

    •  Yeah he was a conservative (0+ / 0-)

      lawyer from the beginning, clerking for Rehnquist and serving under Reagan. It is not a surprise that he's conservative.

      "Everybody lies... except POLITICIANS? House, I do believe you are a romantic."

      by indiemcemopants on Fri Jan 22, 2010 at 11:02:18 PM PST

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      •  Clerking for Rehnquist and serving under Reagan (1+ / 0-)
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        doesn't make him unacceptable in itself. Advising on Bush v. Gore does.

        •  It should send up a flag (0+ / 0-)

          Rehnquist never met a civil rights plaintiff he couldn't thwart, or a government intrusion or death sentence he couldn't approve.  He was for a police state and against government regulation of business.  Unfortunately, much of this approach to adjudication has been deemed to be in the "mainstream" in the last decades, but if we want judges with "empathy" -- and Rethugs notwithstanding, I think we do -- we have to break the Rehnquist/Roberts/Alito/Thomas/Scalia mold. Frankly, I don't think we'd have outlawed prohibitions on mixed marriages yet if there were five Rehnquists on the court in 1967. (It's amazing to me that Obama's reference to the word "empathy" as a quality judges should have should have generated controversy, but that just shows either how the media can buy into Rethug horse puckey, or how pitifully sad the public that bought into that as a "criticism" has become)

          "The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love."

          by Budlawman on Sat Jan 23, 2010 at 10:17:41 AM PST

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    •  No just Dubya, but those who put Dubya in office (0+ / 0-)

      those folks who controlled Dubya. Dubya was nothing but a figurehead who was put in office by Corporate America, that is why his every move was controlled by Cheney. Just look to his cabinet and all the corporate heads within.
      I didn't know Roberts was so instrumental in advising in Bush v. Gore. I guess he too is culpable for the mess this country is in.
      Can you beleive this was never really brought out, but the "wise Latino woman" comment was news for weeks on end?

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