SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

ARKES EXPLAINS IT ALL. If you'd like some insight into President Bush's sense of strategy in naming Judge John Roberts to the Supreme Court, Professor Hadley Arkes provides it in "Decoy Day," at NRO. Prof. Arkes describes his own recent advocacy of Judge Joy Clement, which helped to deflect attention from Judge Roberts. The left's leading voices and interest groups spent so much time and attention blasting other potential nominees, that the President took to himself the opportunity of properly introducing Judge Roberts to the American people. (Too slow, Teddy Kennedy.)

Prof. Arkes provides some analysis of what went into the President's decition on nominate Judge Roberts:

...the grounds for Bush’s choice were clear: He was inclined to go with one of the best lawyers that conservative jurisprudence could bring forth at this moment. Chuck Schumer and others were not even in Roberts’s league, and they would know that. The president could not know exactly what John Roberts would do with abortion, but he knew that Roberts knew the character of the administration that appointed him; he knew the circles from which Roberts had sprung; and he was willing to place his bets there for an appointment that could run for 25 to 30 years.

By the way, here's Prof. Arkes' own assessment of Judge Roberts:

The critical ingredient here was “quality of mind”: an evident good nature allied with a steady temper and a scholar’s knowledge of the Constitution and the laws. He was in command of himself, rightly aimed, with a sound judgment.

I love it when a plan comes together...

(Blue Ash, OH)


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