The partisan takeover of the judicial bench; Virginia Gov election
by Jerome Armstrong, Wed Jul 20, 2005 at 01:28:58 AM EDT
2003 Roberts: "Roe vs. Wade is the settled law of the land."
Well, at least he's on record as being a flip-flopper. He'll say whatever he needs to be nominated. The Republicans will say that he was representing a client in the first instance, and who knows, being a political operative, Roberts might just calculate that having Roe vs Wade around to hoodwink anti-abortionists into voting Republican is better than overturning the right to abortion and seeing the theocons win, and the Republicans then lose their power.
Roberts is a DC partisan political insider hack operative Republican. He's basically a politician that, because he lives in DC, cannot run for office anywhere, so he's become a political Judge instead, fighting to institutionalize the Republican Party within the Federal branch of the government. There's no doubt about it; but that also makes him likely to be confirmed. DC is a Republican entity.
In Virginia, the question of whether the state should criminalize abortions becomes even more legitimate. Still, the last thing that Kilgores wants to do is exchange running on a "culture of life" to a stance on making abortions illegal, so he's ducking the question. Roberts multiple stances on abortion, and the likelyhood that the debate over Roberts' confirmation is all about abortion, means that ducking his stance over whether he'd sign a bill making abortion illegal is not a viable option for Kilgore. Overturning a woman's legal right to abortion, and thus the body of a women coming under control of the government, is likely be one of the first things on the Virginia's Republican state legislative agenda in 2006 with Kilgore as Governor.