Roberts nomination spurs broad debate

President Bush's nomination of Judge John Roberts for the Supreme Court was called shrewd, as Roberts' impressive legal credentials and reputation for putting law over politics seem to leave little for Democrats to challenge.

President Bush's nomination of Judge John Roberts for the Supreme Court was called shrewd, as Roberts' impressive legal credentials and reputation for putting law over politics seem to leave little for Democrats to challenge.

While many noted he was a relatively moderate choice, others urged Congress to conduct a diligent, yet dignified, confirmation process. They argued that Roberts' short tenure as a judge provides scant evidence of his beliefs, but suggests a bent toward states' rights and against environmental protections.

Most frequent messages

1. Roberts has impressive legal credentials

2. Debate should only be about his ability to judge cases fairly

3. Roberts is a relatively moderate, mainstream choice for Bush

4. Roberts will most likely make the Court more conservative

5. Serious, yet civil, inquires are needed into his beliefs and opinions

Based on editorials and opinion pieces appearing in major US newspapers on July 20-21, 2005

Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International

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