Today's WSJ reprints portions of then-Senator Obama's explanation for his vote against the confirmation of John Roberts to be Chief Justice.
In his work in the White House and the Solicitor General's Office, [Roberts] seemed to have consistently sided with those who were dismissive of efforts to eradicate the remnants of racial discrimination in our political process.
If Obama's floor speach appeared as a clue on Jeopardy, the only correct response would be "What is vapid rationalization, Alex?"
No. Sean Connery would have buzzed in and answered "I Ba-rocked your O-mama last night, Tre-bek!"
I remember once I was with [Justice Holmes]; it was a Saturday when the Court was to confer. It was before we had a motor car, and we jogged along in an old coupé. When we got down to the Capitol, I wanted to provoke a response, so as he walked off, I said to him: “Well, sir, goodbye. Do justice!” He turned quite sharply and he said: “Come here. Come here.” I answered: “Oh, I know, I know.” He replied: “That is not my job. My job is to play the game according to the rules.”
Judge Learned Hand (“Do Justice!”: Variations of a Thrice-Told Tale)
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