A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Monday, September 12, 2005

Quotes from the Roberts Hearings

It was as a private lawyer, "arguing cases against the United States that I fully appreciated the importance of the Supreme Court and our constitutional system. Here was the United States, the most powerful entity in the world, aligned against my client. And yet, all I had to do was convince the court that I was right on the law and the government was wrong and all that power and might would recede in deference to the rule of law. That is a remarkable thing." — Roberts, in his opening remarks.
It is.

"Just because we are curious does not mean that our curiosity should be satisfied. You have no obligation to tell us how you will rule on any issues that might come before you if you sit on the Supreme Court." — John Cornyn, R-Texas.
Amen. Just like Joe Biden told Ruth Bader Ginsburg during her nomination hearings: ""You not only have a right to choose what you will answer and not answer, but in my view, you should not answer."

"Unfortunately, Mr. Chairman, there are real and serious reasons to be deeply concerned about Judge Roberts' record. Many of his past statements and writings raise questions about his commitment to equal opportunity and the bipartisan remedies we have adopted in the past." — Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.
The same could be said about your record . . . and life, Teddy. Remember Mary Jo?

"For me, one of the most important issues that needs to be addressed by Judge Roberts is the constitutional right to privacy. ... It would be very difficult for me to vote to confirm someone to the Supreme Court whom I knew would overturn Roe v. Wade." — Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
That's unfortunate, Dianne, because I don't want anyone on the Supreme Court who will uphold Roe v. Wade. And since we have won the last three elections . . . and we didn't throw a hissy fit over Ruth Bader Ginsburg, it's your turn to be nice.

"To me the pivotal question, which will determine my vote is this: Are you within the mainstream — albeit the conservative mainstream — or are you an ideologue who will seek to use the court to impose your views upon us?" — Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.
That's funny, coming from the Left, which has imposed abortion, gay marriage, taken away prayer in schools and public places, supported terrorists and pedophiles, and has generally subverted the Will of We the People and the Constitution of the United States, often through the court.

And the kicker:

Judge, if I looked only at what you've said and written in the past, I'd feel compelled to vote no. ... This is your chance to explain what you meant by what you have said and what you have written." — Joseph Biden, D-Del.
Mr. Biden, we would remind you of your own "Ginsburg Standard." See above.