I'm sure a lot of people will have a lot to say about John Roberts -- his record, his prospects of getting confirmed, his ideological make-up. And we'll hear all of that in time. (Though I suspect, actually, that we won't hear all of that really. What we'll hear will be the same four factoids repeated ad infinitum in an annoying tone of voice that pretends like it's something other than the most empty-headed of conventional wisdom. Just my guess.)
In the meantime, though, I'd like to remind republicans, Democrats, and the mainstream media that the Supreme Court decides things other than whether or not Roe v. Wade should be upheld. I say this because if you were an alien visiting this country tonight and you watching our
liberal media, you'd probably think that the Constitution specified three branches of government: the executive, the legislative, and the one that deals with abortion. CNN:
BROWN: Bill, thank you very much. Bill Schneider in Washington, tonight. Top of the hour, special edition of "ANDERSON COOPER 360." Special, in part, because Anderson isn't here today. Heidi Collins is, and she joins us with a look at what's coming up.
HEIDI COLLINS, CNN HOST: Thanks, Aaron, thanks so much. We're going to be on in about ten minutes or so. Let the questions begin, right? In fact, now that President Bush has named his Supreme Court nominee, Judge John Roberts' record, his politics, his life will all be under very close scrutiny. So we're going to try to answer three questions. Who is he? What's his stance on abortion? And can he be confirmed? -- Aaron.
BROWN: That'll take you an hour, I would think, to get through all those questions, which is a good thing.
Because seriously, why would you want to know anything more about a person than who they are, what they think about abortion and whether they can be confirmed? That how I start out my conversations, especially with political figures. "Hi I'm Michael. Who are you, and what's your position on Roe?"
Not that I don't think abortion is an important issue. But last time I checked there were other legal issues to be decided. And besides, leading an opposition against Roberts through abortion would be a mistake. Such a strategy would encourage the one-issue voting republicans to keep voting their one way and probably wouldn't defeat the nomination anyway.
All I'm saying is, if we're going to fight this one, let's fight smart.
(By the way, I'm back. Yay for me. Thanks to Heather for picking up the slack.)