Thursday, September 15, 2005

Solum on Roberts' Effect on the Court

Larry Solum of the Legal Theory Blog responds to the prevailing wisdom that Roberts' appointment will move the Court to the right.

He makes a few good points. For one thing, Rehnquist was pretty conservative. It's hard to see Roberts being more conservative than his old boss. Moreover, Roberts will not be a swing vote, so even if he is more conservative, his vote won't change the Court's decision.

Solum is absolutely right. Which is why I don't understand liberal opposition to Roberts. He's no worse than Rehnquist and his vote won't change anything. And it's not like being Chief Justice gives him an extra vote or something.

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