July 19, 2005
UPDATE: Kossites watching Bush's announcement noticed this:
When Roberts thanked his family, he mentioned his son, Jack...Roberts' wife's face fell. It was like a poker tell. I think we should research Jack.
Another commenter wondered if Jack Roberts is gay. That's pretty low immediately wanting to go after a nominee's kid.
UPDATE II: This from Power Line:
Pop the champagne corks, conservatives. Roberts is a fantastic choice, a brilliant and bulletproof conservative. And it was fun to see Pat Leahy and Chuck Schumer on television tonight; they looked just awful. After President Bush's terrific, upbeat presentation of Roberts, and Roberts' graceful, brief talk, Leahy and Schumer sounded like they had just dropped in from another planet. They were dour, hateful, and came across as sad and pathetic minions who have been sent on a hopeless mission by their bosses at "People for the American Way."
Ann Althouse quotes Sen. Leahy: "No one's entitled to a free pass to the Supreme Court." Sounds like the Vermont Democrat wants Roberts to run through a gauntlet.
Leon H at Redstate.org has a bunch of quotes from Lefties blasting Roberts. Sounds good to me. He also points out that Roberts' wife runs Feminists for Life. This is good stuff. With David Souter conservatives had the word of John Sununu. With Roberts we have solid conservative credentials. But this is the first nomination of the weblog era. Anything could happen.
UPDATE III: Jib makes me wonder about Roberts and Roe v. Wade. One interpretation could be that as an appellate judge he couldn't overturn Roe. That's what I hope he meant in his 2001 statement.