Tuesday, July 19, 2005
My prediction for O'Connor's replacement:
John Roberts. He fits the mold.
Bush likes to think of himself as conservative, but independent in his thinking. Bush enjoys surprising people by going against conventional wisdom. He also wants a candidate who will atempt to depoliticize the Court, and who will be difficult to oppose in the nomination battle. Finally, he wants the opportunity to nominate more than one person to the Court.
John Roberts fits the bill.
Roberts is reportedly a very conservative individual, but has only been on the Court of Appeals for 20 months, so there is not much in the way of a paper trail with which he could be hammered. Roberts is reportedly pretty even handed, and an excellent jurist (thus far). Roberts is also a favorite of Chief Justice Rehnquist, who might view a Roberts nomination as a message that he can safely retire without worrying about who will replace him on teh Court.
Finally, Roberts apparently opposes labelling judges by their political affiliation. That is a good thing -- the Court needs people who will interpret the laws and constitution, not ones who will look to the political interests of one or the other parties.
Anyway, that's my two cents -- let's see how it goes.
Hat tip to Southern Appeal.