No matter where I look, the comments I have seen regarding Judge Roberts have fallen into three categories. The first is personified by the charming and friendly Ann Coulter, whose ray-of-sunshine writing style allowed her to charmingly say that Judge Roberts, with his incredible credentials, is an unacceptable appointee. The second is brought out by the commentators whom I have more respect for, when they write that Judge Roberts seems to be a solid choice, with unimpeachable legal and scholarly credentials and a strong conservative background, while remaining far from the ideologue some feared President Bush would appoint. The third are the ridiculous statements being flung out by leftwing activist groups, stating that President Bush lost the chance to bring the country together with his nominee, and has picked a pro-business, ultra conservative nut job.
What I find interesting about these comments is that nearly everything I have seen or read can fall into one of those categories. No one is "in love" with Judge Roberts, not even the right wing base. The fact that President Bush did not pick an ultra conservative ideologue should be enough evidence that he did, in fact, think about what the left would want. I firmly believe that unless President Bush had appointed a nominee named specifically by Howard Dean, leftwing activist groups would have slammed his choice. After only two years on the bench, I find myself agreeing (for the first time) with Senator Schumer when he says that we need to learn more about Judge Roberts before making a decision. Indeed - let's all reserve judgment until we get a little bit more information on the man who is no doubt qualified for the post. What do some other people think? And I don't want to hear tape recorded responses from pundits and demagogues - I would like some honest criticism or commentary on Judge Roberts' decisions and career moves.