Concerning Judge Roberts’ nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, I don’t know how reliable this report is, so I’ll have to withhold judgment until I read more. However, if true, I’m not optimistic about the coming years. Consider:
I’m told that the President waited to make this decision and that it was a deliberate decision. The President, I’m told, wanted someone he knew, someone who would be seen as conservative, and someone who would “tread carefully” on Executive Powers. Roberts was the only one in the end who fit the bill.
The last thing we need right now is someone who will tread carefully on Executive Powers. If there has ever been a President who needs to be restrained by the Constitution’s checks-and-balances, it’s President Bush. Unfortunately, there’s no paper trail to inform this theory, so wait-and-see is the best we’re likely to get.
Consider me underwhelmed.