John Roberts is ever the jokester! Who knew?
During his time in the Reagan administration, John Roberts dismissed what he referred to as the "purported gender gap" and pontificated on whether "encouraging homemakers to become lawyers contributes to the common good."
When Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) asked him about these comments during Day 2 of his confirmation hearings, Roberts said his statements were meant as a joke about lawyers. (Really now? Forgive me for thinking they were the comments of a man who thought women didn't deserve to work outside the home).
He said: "I think there were probably -- the point that Mr. Fielding and I had commented on, on many occasions, was that in many areas there were too many lawyers. And that's a common joke that goes back to Shakespeare. It has nothing to do with homemakers...It was a small office. They expected return projects around very quickly. We were expected to be candid. And if making a joke about lawyers would make for a more enjoyable day on the part of the people in the office, that's what we did."
Well I'm glad that John Roberts is a jokester. It explains why he fit in so well on Capitol Hill yesterday--because his confirmation hearings have thus far been a joke.
It started Monday with many Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans advising Roberts to play coy with the Democrats and refuse to answer certain questions.
And that's exactly what he did yesterday.
He outright refused to answer many questions posed to him yesterday, on the basis that certain cases of a particular nature could come before the Supreme Court.
If that is his gold standard when it comes to deciding whether to answer a question---that the issue at hand might come before the Court, then he might as well not answer any questions at all. One never knows what cases might unexpectedly come before the Supreme Court.
If someone had told me a month before the 2000 election, that Bush v. Gore would soon be before the Court, I probably would have looked at them like they needed a mental health referral.
Robert's coyness and avoidance of specifics comes as no surprise, however. He once noted that on his first day on the job for the Reaganites, his job was to help Sandra Day O'Connor prepare for her confirmation hearings to be a Supreme Court Justice. And he said their method was to avoid specific answers.
I'm just guessing here, but maybe John Roberts won't take it as a joke if the Democrats actually get some spine and put a hold on his farce of a nomination.
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