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Roberts’s Early White House Memos

The July 27 NY Times article "In Reagan’s White House ..." cites a few of Judge Roberts’s memos, including this priceless ditty about the least mentioned aspect of the upcoming Senate hearings on Judge Roberts, the U.S. Constituion:

After the Supreme Court struck down efforts by Congress to veto actions taken by the executive branch, Mr. [Elliott] Levitas, a Democrat from Georgia, proposed that the White House and Congress convene a "conference on power-sharing" to codify the duties of each branch of government.

Asked to comment on the congressman’s proposal, Mr. Roberts mocked the idea, and him. "There already has, of course, been a ’Conference on Power Sharing,’ " Mr. Roberts wrote in a memo to Mr. Fielding. "It took place in Philadelphia’s Constitution Hall in 1787, and someone should tell Levitas about it and the ’report’ it issued."

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Up until having heard the comment in this post on Fox News yesterday I was not sold on the conservative credentials of Judge Roberts. Many of the things that had been said were all fine and well, but nothing that really hit home and sealed the deal. Yet when I heard his quip concerning the Constitution I was immediately sold. This is much that can be discerned from the manner in which a man jests, and this relieves me of the thought that we might have another Souter on our hands. Simply brilliant.

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