Wednesday, August 03, 2005

It Doesn't Hurt to Ask

Lest we think this whole Roberts Supreme Court thing is a slam-dunk, keep in mind it's only August and the Senate actually DOES have to hold hearings and has the final say in who gets the job.

While they enjoy the August recess back home, here are some outstanding questions from amberglow for Senators to add to their list.
  • Do you think the Supreme Court is the proper place to decide Presidential Elections?
  • Why did you volunteer your services to Bush in Florida in 2000, and help them with their arguments before the Supreme Court?
  • Would you recuse yourself from any cases involving Bush, given that you helped him win the Supreme Court case?
  • Why did you uphold the conviction of a little girl handcuffed for eating a single french fry in the DC Metro?
  • Why did you lie about being a member of the Federalist Society, when you in fact were more than just a regular member, and even on their steering committee?
  • What in your employment history has prepared you for judging on the most important cases in the country, from now until you die?
  • What experiences have you had beyond working in DC for politicians and lobbyists?
  • Are corporate interests more important than citizen's interests?
  • Are corporate rights more important than citizen's rights?
  • Are Politicians more important than citizens?
  • How did you feel when you told Coretta Scott King you were cutting funding for the MLK Center?

And I'd ask about this stuff: ...On issues involving civil rights, according to the Justice Department records, Roberts once defended the constitutionality of proposed legislation to restrict the ability of federal courts to order busing to desegregate schools.

In December 1981, according to the New York Times, the United States Commission on Civil Rights issued a report defending affirmative action as a way to fight discrimination. Judge Roberts wrote a tough critique, saying the "obvious reason" affirmative action programs had failed was that they "required the recruiting of inadequately prepared candidates."

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