Before I forget, this month marks my fifth blogiversary. The stats page tells me this is my 7,299th post. Whew.
I was reading through some of the posts for that first month and came across my take on the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of John Roberts:
Here's what I would urge a senator to ask Judge Roberts at his confirmation hearings: "A challenged law comes before the court. You determine what the legislative intent was and what the probable effect of the law would be. In determining the constitutionality of that law, what proportionate weight would you give a) amendments to the Constitution, b) the language of the Constitution itself, c) the intent of the drafters of the Constitution, d) the Supreme Court's own precedents, e) the state of the common law as it has evolved to this point and, f) your own sense of what is needed for American society at this point in history?"
Of course, nobody ever listens to us, so nobody asked that of Roberts. Or Alito. Or Sotomayor. Or Kagan. Maybe one of these days, somebody will ask it of a nominee and we'd be in the strange position of actually knowing something useful about a Supreme Court justice before he or she took office for life. And maybe they'll start giving Pulitzers for blogging.