You can call me crazy, but this is another one of those moments where I wonder if Bush has a big wheel that he uses to make decisions because I am not sure if I follow the rationale on this one.
This is also going to drive the the conspiracy theorists a little meshugah. It seems to me that prior to becoming Chief Justice one should actually serve on the court. I’d blog more about this but I am off to birthday parties and barbecues.
“WASHINGTON (CNN) — Moving quickly to fill the vacancy left by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist’s death, President Bush on Monday nominated Judge John Roberts to the nation’s top judicial post.”It is fitting that a great chief justice be followed in office by a person who shared his deep reverence for the Constitution, his profound respect for the Supreme Court and his complete devotion to the cause of justice,” Bush said from the White House, with the judge by his side.
“I am honored and humbled by the confidence that the president has shown in me,” Roberts said.”And I’m very much aware that, if I am confirmed, I would succeed a man that I deeply respect and admire, a man who has been very kind to me for 25 years.”
Roberts accepted the offer in a meeting with Bush on Monday morning, a senior administration official said.
The move came a day before the Senate was to begin confirmation hearings to consider Roberts to succeed Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who is retiring.
It remained unclear how the nomination would affect plans for confirmation hearings.
Since his nomination for associate justice earlier this summer, Roberts has garnered praise from many Republicans.
After Bush’s announcement Monday, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tennessee, issued a statement saying the president “has made an excellent choice; Mr. Roberts is one of the most well qualified candidates to come before the Senate.”
No Democrats have said they would reject Roberts when he was named to succeed O’Connor, but some have said they have many important questions to ask him in the Senate’s confirmation hearings.
“This nomination certainly raises the stakes in making sure that the American people and the Senate know Judge Roberts’ views fully before he assumes perhaps the second most powerful position in the United States,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee’s Administrative Oversight and the Courts Subcommittee, in a written statement.
“Judge Roberts has a clear obligation to make his views known fully and completely at the hearings, and we look forward to them.”
Bush called on the Senate to confirm Roberts within a month. The high court begins its new term the first Monday in October.”