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Brilliant Move, Mr. President!
Our President has his plate full, dealing with the war on terror, the mediaís attempts to blame him for every ill thing that has befallen the United States since he took office, a disloyal and unpatriotic left that actively seeks to discredit him, and thinks nothing of using lies and subterfuge to accomplish that end. There is also the actual human suffering caused by the hurricane, thrust upon him by a Louisana governor and New Orleans mayor who apparently care nothing of how many of their citizens die, if it hurts the President. Then, our Chief Justice, a good and decent man, dies after a long battle with cancer. What to do?
"Our President did not miss a beat. He shifted the nomination of John Roberts to fill the vacant Chief Justiceís position, and reopened the nomination process for the seat of retiring justice OíConnor."
Our President did not miss a beat. He shifted the nomination of John Roberts to fill the vacant Chief Justiceís position, and reopened the nomination process for the seat of retiring justice OíConnor. Why? First of all, we want a nine member court to be seated in October. In a 4-4 tie situation, nothing gets resolved properly. Second, with the Chief justice deceased, Justice Stevens becomes acting Chief Justice when it comes to administrative issues. Who wants the courtís staunchest leftist in charge of the judicial agenda? I certainly do not!
John Roberts will make a spectacular Chief Justice. The position of Chief is one that is harder to fill. Personally, I would have liked to have seen Justice Thomas promoted to chief, and two new associate justice nominees. However, the President wisely saw the political firestorm that a second Thomas confirmation hearing would bring about. If Scalia and not Thomas were promoted, a similar firestorm would ensue. So President Bush chose wisely.
"This move gives the President time to breathe before having to choose Justice OíConnorís replacement."
This move gives the President time to breathe before having to choose Justice OíConnorís replacement. She will stay on the court until her successor is confirmed. Now the road is open for Janice Rogers Brown to be elevated to the court upon which she was created to sit!
Outstanding and brilliant, Mr. President!