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Roberts Critics Scraping The Bottom Of The Barrel

You know, its pretty sad when, in order to imply that Roberts is a racist, his critics must reach back to housing discrimination and race riots that took place in his hometown when he was a teenager.

LONG BEACH, Ind. - Like most towns across America, the exclusive lakefront community where Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. grew up during the racially turbulent 1960s and '70s once banned the sale of homes to nonwhites and Jews.

Just three miles from the nearly all-white community of Long Beach, two days of looting and vandalism erupted when Roberts was 15, barely intruding on the Mayberry-like community that was largely insulated from the racial strife of that era.

It was here that the 50-year-old Roberts lived from elementary school until he went away to Harvard in 1973, and that decade -- as well as the rest of his life -- is receiving intense scrutiny as the Senate gears up for its Sept. 6 confirmation hearings on President Bush's first Supreme Court nominee.

Come on. They're scrutinizing his childhood? His high school years? Are they going to find out that he once had a few beers before he was of age? Maybe spray-painted his girlfriend's name on the city water tower?

I thought the only qualifications we were looking for in Roberts as a Supreme Court nominee related to his ability to apply law to given situations. Was Roberts writing briefs and motions between little league games and piano lessons?

By Rob Port of Say Anything.


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Comments (12)

They aren't scrutinizing hi... (Below threshold)

They aren't scrutinizing his childhood, the story says that the records show there were deeds on record from the 40's that banned the sale of the property to any person not a white gentile. He wasn't even born until 1950 and his family didn't move there until 1966. They want him or anyone else nominated by Bush to be blocked and they don't need a reason. Sore losers with a bleak future. A bleak future they insisting in making bleaker.

Geeze Did he start the race... (Below threshold)

Geeze Did he start the race riots?

Scraping the bottom of the barrel hardly even describes it.

Oh, I dunno, I can t... (Below threshold)
B Moe:

Oh, I dunno, I can think of one of his primary inquisitors who might be fun to revisit the 60's with if it becomes fair game. And he wasn't a teenager then.

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Hey, did you know that Robe... (Below threshold)

Hey, did you know that Roberts' classmate's brother's friend's uncle's coworkers' wife's great-grandfather's mechanic was a member of the KKK? The MSM really needs to run with this shocking story!

They're scraping the bottom... (Below threshold)

They're scraping the bottom of the alright, the thing is they have to reach up to do it.

Hah! You know what you find... (Below threshold)

Hah! You know what you find when you scrape the slime off the bottom of the barrel?

A mirror.

The no-so-subtle implicatio... (Below threshold)

The no-so-subtle implication is there may be a connection between the race-conscious deed restrictions and Roberts' position on quotas and affirmative action?!?!


But they found incontrovert... (Below threshold)

But they found incontrovertible proof that he is against abortion in the fact that he himself was not aborted.

He is obviously a BusHitleresque neo-con extremist wack job. How dare you question their patriotism!

I see something different a... (Below threshold)
Lew Clark:

I see something different and more troubling in the whole Roberts affair than just "dirty politics". It isn't so much a group of political bosses sitting in a back room saying "Lets see what dirt we can dig up on this guy", but more reflective of elitism and biggotry at its ugliest. The far left has never considered themselves part of the people, but the natural rulers over the ignorant peasants that make up a majority of the population. They don't bow to the will of the people but try to exercise control over the people. In this, they have an us/them view. From this view they see others than them as being ignorant, foolish and incapable of exercising authority.
To them Bush is the leader of "them". The ignorant rabble that are ruining the nation. When Bush nominated John Roberts to the Supreme Court, Roberts was automatically one of "those people". And in their biggotry they went on their "you know what those kind of people are". In the worst kind of steriotypical biggotry they push their campaign against him. Not a blank slate that they try to get a handle on. They alread know what he is. They are now digging for anecdotal evidence to prove their preconceived view of "those people".

Are we that far removed from their appearance at his house to pull him out and lynch him for having the audacity to not stay in his place. For violating the natural order by trying to sit at the "Supreme Court lunch counter" or riding at the front of the "Supreme Court bus" a place reserved for his natural betters.

Lew Clark, sorry you mispel... (Below threshold)

Lew Clark, sorry you mispelled bigotry.

just pointing out, I agree with you completely though.

I agree that this is ridicu... (Below threshold)

I agree that this is ridiculous. The thing is, the NYT set the bar so low when they tried to dig in to the Roberts' adoption records that this nonsense almost seems like a step up.






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