The Roberts Squeeze

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 06, 2005

With Stakes Raised, Democrats Seek More Background on Nominee -- Boston Globe headline.

More background? His high school civics exams? Depositions from the nuns who taught him the Apostles' Creed? Laryngoscopy photos?

"Before the Senate acts on John Roberts's new nomination, we should know even more about his record," said Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

You'd need a heart of stone not to laugh at this. Is there a three-week period of his inquisitors' lives that would past muster under the kind of scrutiny Roberts has undergone (so as to keep them out of the hands of the police, I mean, not to vet them for the Supreme Court)?

In The Tempting of America, Robert Bork recounts the routine vetting interview that Reagan's Counsel to the President, A.B. Culverhouse, conducted with him shortly after his nomination to the Supreme Court:

He had perhaps twenty questions that primarily concerned personal morality, questions about money, drugs, sex, wife or child abuse, and the like. It seemed characteristic of Washington that many of these transgressions had gained proper names, as in "Do you have the [name of a prominent person] problem?" After a number of questions, I said, "Look, I have had a very dull life." Culverhouse said, "Good. That's the way we like it."

We can be confident the name of the senior senator from Massachusetts did not appear in the Culverhouse roster, for the simple reason that "the Kennedy problem" fails to limit itself to a single notorious vice. Perhaps that's why he's spearheading the inquisition.

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 08, 2005 9:15 PM ET USA

    Perhaps Kennedy,Durbin,Leahy etal should be nominated for the Supreme Court. Lets see what kind of dirt we can dig up on thse guys

  • Posted by: Joseph Paul - Sep. 07, 2005 7:33 AM ET USA

    Before Ted Kennedy gets to sit in the Senate for one day longer, we would like to know more about why he left Mary Jo Kopechne to suffocate to death in the air bubble of the upturned car driven over the bridge by Kennedy. It is estimated that she lived for 2 hours and the diver that got her body out the next day estimates it would have taken him 45 minutes to get her if told straightaway. But Teddy needed 10 hours to sober up before he called the police. This man is disgusting.