Where's the passion in the opposition to Roberts?

Earl Maltz emaltz at camden.rutgers.edu
Mon Jul 25 03:20:58 PDT 2005

"barely qualified or unqualified?"  All Clarence Thomas did, prior to his 
brief service on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of 
Columbia, was to head an agency charged with administering a major federal 
statute for nine years.  For much of the twentieth century, such experience 
was considered excellent preparation for service on the Court.  The case 
for Janice Rogers Brown on the experience issue is even clearer; she served 
for a decade on the most important state supreme court in the country.

One could plausibly oppose both Thomas and Rogers Brown because their views 
might be seen as extreme.  But unqualified? Please.

At 09:52 PM 7/24/2005 -0700, Janet Alexander wrote:
>Many previous Republican nominees to the Supreme Court and the Courts of 
>Appeals and many of the rumored candidates for the O'Connor vacancy have 
>been barely qualified or unqualified (this includes the sainted O'Connor, 
>who at the time of her appointment was a little-known judge on an 
>intermediate state appellate court, as well as Clarence Thomas, Janice 
>Rogers Brown, etc.), .
>         Janet Alexander
>At 05:53 PM 7/24/2005 -0400, Earl Maltz wrote:
>>I didn't know very much about John Roberts except by reputation until he 
>>was nominated by the Court.  However, even I knew that he was a committed 
>>conservative whose commitm
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>Stanford Law School
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