Specter just gavelled the hearings to a close for tonight. That’s the end of questions for tonight, but I think there may be some more in the morning from Dems. The Republicans will not do a third round of questioning.
After that, witnesses, which are listed here. The witness list consists of six panels of 3-5 witnesses. My take on the next step of the process? Man, that sounds like a frickin’ lot of witnesses.
Tim says it’s looking like the committee will vote on Roberts on Thursday Sept. 22.
Schumer got a lot angrier today, from what I saw, which was to be expected. I was actually surprised by how level-headed he was yesterday. He closed strongly by managing to insult John Roberts. He was addressing a memo Roberts wrote about 20 years ago in which he said William Rehnquist’s attempt to revolutionize the Court’s approach to (I think it was the Commerce Clause? I’ll check) was not misguided, even though Rehnquist couldn’t get the majority. He also called the opposition’s argument based on stare decisis “lame.”
Schumer asked how that fit with Roberts’ calls for a “modest” judiciary. He asked if perhaps judicial modesty was just code for relying on precedent when he wanted to and ignoring it when he felt like revolutionizing one part of the law.
Roberts (paraphrased): “What you’ve just implied would be a grievous insult to any judge– that he would rely on precedent only when it matched his personal feelings and discard it when he felt like changing law. That is not the role of judges, and and that’s not how I approach judging.”
That was as adamant as I’ve seen Roberts get, and a nice note to end on. His entire answer was stellar, as usual.
In related news, Michelle Malkin is looking at the SCOTUS implications of the Pledge of Allegiance being ruled unconstitutional today.
Geez, if I had read John Hawkins’ predictions about the hearings, I wouldn’t have had to watch all this. Come on, John, e-mail a sister.
PowerLine looks at Roberts’ testimony in that lawyerly way of which I am incapable.
And, Roberts revealed his favorite movies today: “North By Northwest” and “Dr. Zhivago”
As for me, I’ve gotta run. I’ve got a shift on the Rovian Weather Machine that produced Ophelia to distract from Roberts’ stonewalling.