Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Oh, I Should Probably Pound on Biden Too

We seem to have found a topic for the day. Thank God it's not muffin-tops.

Every time Judge Roberts is forced to put up with petulant single-issue badgering like this...

The second-day session grew contentious as Democrats displayed frustration with Roberts' answers and his oft-repeated explanation that he couldn't address some issues that could come before the Supreme Court with him as chief justice.

"Go ahead and continue not to answer," Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., told the nominee at one point.

Later, Biden interrupted Roberts and when criticized, said, "His answers are misleading with all due respect."

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He declined to discuss his views on Roe v. Wade, at least twice dodging replies to specific questions from Specter, saying that there are abortion-related cases on the court's docket.

...he should respond by citing the American Bar Association's Code of Judicial Conduct, Canon 5, since some Senators will not accept Robers' paraphrasing of it...

(3) A candidate* for a judicial office:

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(d) shall not:

(i) with respect to cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court, make pledges, promises or commitments that are inconsistent with the impartial* performance of the adjudicative duties of the office ***


...and emphasize this citation with its attendant commentary...

[This provision] prohibits a candidate for judicial office from making statements that commit the candidate regarding cases, controversies or issues likely to come before the court. As a corollary, a candidate should emphasize in any public statement the candidate's duty to uphold the law regardless of his or her personal views.

...which would be a much more diplomatic response to the questioning of Biden's ilk than mine would be...

With all due respect, I have been nominated to be Supreme Court justice. With respect, I have not been nominated to be a Democratic Party / NARAL / American Athiests Union bobo. So, with respect, you can take your single-issue special interest-pandering queries, shove them up your butt, and twist them sideways. With respect.

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