Confirmation Hearings for Judge Roberts, Part I
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Miss the hearings on CNN? Catch the synopsis and Mark’s commentary…
Today, the opening statements of Roberts and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York and the use and misuse of the “Ginsburg principle.”
Republicans claim that Roberts need not discuss his views on any Supreme Court cases because Democratic Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg refused to do in her nomination process.
That claim is a misleading attempt to trick the public: it is true that Ginsburg did not say how she would rule on future cases. But she did give extensive commentary as to her views on past cases — which gave Senators an indication on how she would rule in the future.
Roberts is keeping a tight lip and refusing to do this, except on the obvious cases that we all — except racists like Rehnquist — now agree on, such as Brown v. Board of Education.