Reaction From The Right Side Of The Blogosphere To The Roberts Nomination

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“A Republican political strategist tells me that this pick will further energize the Republican base with the ongoing talk that Stevens might retire before George Bush leaves office. Conservatives love Bush tonight. Make no mistake about it. Certain conservative leaders, if they were not men, would be offering to bear further children for GWB tonight. They love Roberts.” — Red State

“Pop the champagne corks, conservatives. Roberts is a fantastic choice, a brilliant and bulletproof conservative.” — Power Line

“John Roberts is an excellent choice — one of the best available — for the Supreme Court. He is a lawyer’s lawyer, and has the reputation for being one of the finest appellate advocates to argue before the Supreme Court. He was a fine brief writer, and has garnered a reputation as a D.C. Court of Appeals Judge for being an excellent opinion writer, authoring concise, well-reasoned decisions.” — Robert Alt at Bench Memos

Quick take from someone monitoring how it will play politically: “Roberts and Luttig were the most-qualified possibilities. Roberts is brilliant and solid. He has a good temperment and he’s very likable. There’s no downside. Fred Thompson is going to have a very easy time bringing him around. And Bush has kept his promise to nominate someone in the mold of Scalia and Thomas. It probably helps that he’s already been here in Washington, the way Scalia and Thomas were. He’s not going to ‘grow’ here.” — Rich Lowry at The Corner

“Republicans have tried the blank slate route before. That’s the Supreme Court pick whose opinions are unknown–perhaps even to himself. What did it get the GOP? David Souter, for one. President Bush has twice been elected president, and his party controls 55 Senate seats. If he really is a social conservative–let’s face it, this is all about Roe v. Wade–why should he operate from a position of weakness and nominate a consensus candidate? While Roberts is neither the consensus candidate nor 2005’s David Souter, his views on Roe v. Wade, at least, are unknown. Is a crapshoot the best conservatives can do? On the other hand, the Democrats refused to confirm him when George H.W. Bush nominated him to the bench, and took two years to confirm him when George W. Bush nominated him to the DC Court of Appeals. Perhaps the Democrats know something that we don’t. Time will tell.” — Flynn Files

“After that introduction, I’m ready to have (Roberts’) baby!” —Right Thinking Girl

“John Roberts: A home run for the president, the SCOTUS, and for the United States….Judge John Roberts may be the smartest lawyer I have known, and he combines that intellect with a graciousness and good humor that will make it hard for any except the most extreme ideolouges to oppose him.” — Hugh Hewitt

“Roberts is my favorite among all of the people on the short list: he is brilliant, and his opinions as an appellate judge are textbook examples of outstanding judicial craft.” — Orin Kerr at The Volokh Conspiracy

President Bush certainly came through for judicial conservatives tonight. Roberts is a solid originalist/textualist, and he will make for an incredible justice. — Confirm Them

“This is a huge victory for we conservatives, and that sound you hear is wails from liberals, faxes from the office of People For the American Way, etc. Which means it’s a great pick.” — Ankle Biting Pundits

PS: Personally, I’m thrilled with Bush’s selection of Roberts, who I think will be another Rehnquist. I feel like a little kid who got a puppy, a BB gun, and a bike for Christmas when he was just expecting another sweater. This is a good day for conservatism my friends, a very good day…

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