August 27, 2005

The Ginsburg Precedent and John Roberts

Carroll Andrew Morse

Saturday’s Projo (pg. A3 in the paper version) has an article on a local event intended to rally support for the President’s Supreme Court nominee, John Roberts. For those interested in the substance of the discussion (rather than the luncheon menu, which is the major focus of the opening of the Projo article), the event’s sponsor, Progress for America, has created a four-minute video titled “The Ginsburg Precedent”. (Strange Projo decision #2, they link to the in the electronic version of their story, but not to the Progress for America website, nor the “The Ginsburg Precedent” video).

What is the Ginsburg precedent? Here it is in the words of Joe Biden, directly from the video, speaking to Ruth Bader Ginsburg at her Supreme Court confirmation hearing...

I do think it’s appropriate to point out that you not only have a right to choose what you will answer and not answer, but, in my view, you should not answer a question of what your view will be on an issue that, clearly, is going to come before the court in 50 different forms, probably, over your tenure on the court.
Of course, Biden is famous for being a bit long-winded. Fortunately, Ginsburg herself gives a more succinct version. Again, from the video, directly from her confirmation hearing…
No hints, no forecasts, no previews.
We can be fairly certain that the Democrats suddenly believe that the Ginsburg precedent is outdated. The question is, will they even bother with a believable explanation of why, or will they simply try to wield power to obstruct the President?


Don provides much additional information on the details of the Ginsburg precedent here.

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Here is an earlier posting I did on the Ginsburg Precedent.

Posted by: Donald B. Hawthorne at August 27, 2005 11:52 AM