Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Predictions Results

In a previous post, I made some predictions about Bush's nominee. Let's just check in and see how I did.

  • Obsequious to Bush
    Roberts was a member of "Lawyers for Bush-Cheney" and contributed $1,000 to the first Bush-Cheney election campaign in 2000. His professional ties to the Bush family go back a generation; he served under Kenneth Starr as the principal deputy solicitor general in the first Bush administration. He also campaigned for that administration's election, as a member of the executive committee of the DC Lawyers for Bush-Quayle '88. Before that, he was the deputy White House counsel for four years in the Reagan administration.
  • Corporate interests vs. poor people
    He successfully represented Toyota Motor Manufacturing in a case before the Supreme Court, where he argued that a worker with carpal tunnel syndrome was not protected under the Americans With Disabilities Act, even though she was fired for an injury acquired on the job.
  • Nutjob
    Roberts is also a member of the influential Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies,a group of conservatives and libertarians, which holds that the legal professional is currently dominated by "a form of orthodox liberal ideology."
  • Against Roe v. Wade
    In that brief, he wrote: "We continue to believe that Roe was wrongly decided and should be overruled ... The Court's conclusion in Roe that there is a fundamental right to an abortion ... finds no support in the text, structure, or history of the Constitution." The court upheld those regulations. In another case, involving the Operation Rescue, he coauthored the government's amicus brief supporting the group's right to target clinics, under the First Amendment, arguing that Operation Rescue was not engaged in a conspiracy to deny women equal protection.
  • Against human and civil rights
    Last Friday, the court on which Roberts now serves decided a case that supports the Bush administration's plans to use secretive military tribunals in the war on terror, which have provoked an international outcry from civil libertarians and human rights advocates. The three-judge panel, including Roberts, ruled unanimously that tribunals set up to try terrorism suspects for war crimes, in the case of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, were authorized under federal law. And it found that any rights accorded by the Geneva Convention to prisoners of war did not apply to suspected al-Qaida members or so-called enemy combatants. The two lawyers representing Hamdan in the case called the decision "contrary to 200 years of constitutional law." It was the first major opinion in which Roberts concurred -- and, ironically, could be tested in the Supreme Court during its next term.

    Another, much-noted accomplishment also has to do with civil liberties. In 2004, Roberts upheld the arrest of a 12-year-old girl who was handcuffed by transit police on the Washington Metro system for eating a single French fry. "No one is very happy about the events that led to this litigation," he wrote. Yet, he determined that the cops didn't violate the girl's rights under the Constitution's Fourth Amendment guarantee against unreasonable searches.
  • Anti-environment
    When Roberts was the government's lead counsel before the Supreme Court in Lujan v. National Wildlife Federation, he successfully argued that members of the environmental group did not have a right to file claims against 4,500 acres of public land being opened to mining. The court agreed, making it harder for plaintiffs to challenge government actions that hurt the environment.
  • Religious zealot
    Roberts has argued on behalf of his clients for the expansion of religion in public schools. In a coauthored brief to the Supreme Court in Lee v. Weisman, he argued that religious ceremonies should be allowed to be a part of graduation ceremonies. The Supreme Court rejected that position. But Roberts successfully argued to the court that religious groups should not be banned from meeting on school grounds in the case of Mergens v. Westside Community School District.
    So there you have it, folks. There's our new man in the high court. Are you ready for a rip-roaring good time? I'm ready. I already have my powdered wig down from the top shelf, and I've started looking into my family's history to see if we had any slaves we can reclaim. Now, you ladies out there, you're going to have bigger problems. Stock up on your contraception now, I think. Oh, and you can send your voter registration card in the mail directly to your nearest Secretary of State office. Might as well just throw your shoes in the garbage. While you're at it, it might be best to find a secret hiding place in the floorboard where you can hide books and other contraband. Just make sure it's someplace they won't be able to see it through the telescreen or it'll be off to the reeducation center for you!

    Hooray America!! Love it or leave it!!

  • 1 comment:

    whittlz said...

    darling, you know I love you, but even I couldn't find that much to get all reactionary about with regards to this guy. I'm going to leave my powdered wig where it is, at least until the confirmation hearings start and we find out where he likes to put his pubic hair in relation to his soda.