As expected the diva of the Right is cautious if not totally pessimistic about President Bush's nomination of Judge John Roberts to the United States Supreme Court. In her most recent column, "Souter in Robert's clothing," Coulter frustration disbelief in a party that refuses to take advantage of its majority in Congress.
"So all we know about him for sure is that he can't dance and he probably doesn't know who Jay-Z is. Other than that, he is a blank slate. Tabula rasa. Big zippo. Nada. Oh, yeah ... we also know he's argued cases before the Supreme Court. Big deal; so has Larry Flynt's attorney."
While the vast majority of conservative groups has praised John Roberts as a solid pick, Ann Coulter reminds us that Republican presidents have a penchant for nominating moderate conservatives that immediately begin drifting left after confirmation. Sandra Day O'Connor, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter and John Paul Stevens were all appointed by Republican presidents and have turned out to be major disappointments for many conservatives and mainstream moderates.
This is because when candidates without solid records of conservative opinions are nominated, the Senators responsible for elevating them to the Supreme Court have little to go by and are unsure of which direction they will lean when finally placed on the bench.
we don't know much about John Roberts. Stealth nominees have never turned out to be a pleasant surprise for conservatives. Never. Not ever."
Even though Roberts is being attacked by the usual liberal suspects, Coulter reminds us that it was the same story with previous supposedly conservative nominations.
"It means absolutely nothing that NARAL and Planned Parenthood attack him: They also attacked Sandra Day O'Connor, Anthony Kennedy and David Hackett Souter.
"The only way a Supreme Court nominee could win the approval of NARAL and Planned Parenthood would be to actually perform an abortion during his confirmation hearing, live, on camera, and preferably a partial birth one."
Like many, Coulter has expressed frustration over how conservatives are handling their power in Congress which clearly overshadows the minority Democrats. She called the seven Republicans who helped craft the filibuster-saver deal "idiots" and believes there's no reason why Republicans should pretend to be friends with Democrats.
"If the Senate were in Democrat hands, Roberts would be perfect. But why on earth would Bush waste a nomination on a person who is a complete blank slate when we have a majority in the Senate!
"We also have a majority in the House, state legislatures, state governorships, and have won five of the last seven presidential elections seven of the last ten!
We're the Harlem Globetrotters now why do we have to play the Washington Generals every week?"
It is true the judicial philosophy of Roberts is pretty uncertain, but from the opinions I have read during his time on the D.C. Appeals Court I believe he is a solid constructionist and will not disappoint. I could be wrong, of course, but last night I endorsed John Roberts to be the next associate justice on the Supreme Court.
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