Monday, September 05, 2005

Escalated Promotion

...as in -- wow! that was fast!

John Roberts nominated to the Chief Justice position

Proving that he intends to move swiftly to fill two vacancies on the Supreme Court, President Bush announced Monday that he will nominate John G. Roberts to be Chief Justice, replacing William H. Rehnquist, who died Saturday.

Roberts, already Bush’s choice to replace retiring Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, would become the nation’s 17th high court leader and would be the first to replace his former boss. Roberts clerked for Rehnquist in the early 1980s; the two have had a close personal and professional relationship ever since.

“I’m certain that Chief Justice Rehnquist was hoping to welcome John Roberts as a colleague, and we're all sorry that day didn't come,” Bush said. “Yet it's fitting that a great chief justice be followed in office by a person who shared his deep reverence for the Constitution, his profound respect for the Supreme Court, and his complete devotion to the cause of justice.”

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it odd that Roberts was appointed to replace one Associate Justice and ends up being leap-frogged over that position to the chair of the Chief Justice? Has this ever happened before?

Not to put too fine a point on it, but does GWB find Renquist's death a little too convenient...?




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