Terrance Heath

Come See About the Supremes?

Filed By Terrance Heath | January 15, 2009 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Obama Administration, presidential traditions, Supreme Court

Maybe they're just dropping by to say "Hi," before the Obama administration officially starts. But Obama and Biden's pre-inaugural visit to the Supreme Court seems a little odd. They aren't just going to see who looks healthy and who looks ready to retire. Are they? Of course, it wouldn't be a bad thing for Obama to make a couple of appointments...


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Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | January 15, 2009 11:27 AM

At least there would not be a conservative litmus test that is lied about later. I grew up in the same town as Chief Justice John Roberts. I even played croquet with him at a lawn party. I was nine, he was seven. I remember this because he made a point of telling me that HIS father was an engineer and asked why I was not going to a private Catholic school like he was.

The answer was simple. My dad worked on the railroad. His dad headed a division of Bethlehem Steel in Burns Harbor Indiana. John would never know a day of public school education even though Bush (when naming him) cited his "working class roots" which was a complete lie.

That's an interesting story. John Roberts... ugh.

Perhaps Bush considered Catholicism "workimng class" as opposed to the more socially appropriate offshoots of the Church of England(Anglican/Episcopalian) or the Church of Scotland(Presbyterian).

That was true in the UK, parts of Ireland, and around Philadelphia socially.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | January 15, 2009 11:24 PM

Maura, I think it had to do with the fact that, while on his way to Harvard sans scholarship, Johnie's dad arranged for him (age 16) to have a summer job that was a perk to Bethlehem Steel's executive sons. He got to monitor smokestack emissions or something for $20.00 a hour in 1971.

This same summer I worked on a railroad track crew which was significantly more working class than the Roberts family who were a mainstay of the Long Beach Country Club and Golf Course.

John Roberts has a first class mind. He was the first graduate of his Catholic high School to be accepted to Harvard in 1973. He also developed no controversial rulings to keep him from federal advancement. A perfect stealth conservative, who calls Roe vs. Wade "decided law" during confirmation hearings, before conspiring to weaken it.

The two oldest justices, John Paul Stevens (88) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg (75) are half of the Supreme Court's liberal wing. I think it would be a good thing for Obama to appoint replacements, rather than risk another president appointing more conservatives.

Currently, the five justices who comprise the conservative wing of the Supreme Court are among the ten most conservative Supreme Court justices in the past 70 years. And four of them top the list.

Think of it this way - it's so Stevens and Ginsburg can look them over and go, "Finally. Didn't know I was gonna make it another four years if you lost." You know two days after that meeting there will be a couple of resignations as those two breathe a huge sigh of relief and make plans for Costa Rica in the winter.