Confirmation hearings: High drama for high court

There's something about a good witch hunt that just gets the goosebumps arising.

Listen, the idea of having Judge John Roberts take a seat on the United States Supreme Court doesn't get many folks nearly as excited - one way or the other - as, say, the possibility of getting a fresh cotton candy at the Puyallup Fair. It should. But honesty in all things, various Good Books tell us, is an honorable trait.

While reading reams of words about Roberts' nomination to the high court, no opinion has settled in the minds of most Americans regarding the qualifications or preferences of Roberts. A simple majority of Americans thinks he has one strike against him - i.e., being nominated by George W. Bush - but, then again, a recent dirt-digging article about the nominee put him in much different light.

Seems that almost 30 years ago, Roberts, then a Reagan administration legislative lawyer, put out a memo stating that U.S. Rep. Leo Ryan of California, who was killed in connection with the Jim Jones cult massacre, was a "publicity hound." Roberts also noted at the time that what Congress does best is "nothing."

While some observers believe the memos could be Roberts' downfall for the job replacing deceased Chief Justice William Rehnquist, unconventional wisdom dictates that this revelation should ensure Roberts' appointment to the Supreme Court.

A nominee for the Supreme Court telling the truth?

Now that's a candidate worth serious consideration.

With the recent death Rehnquist, yet another round of probe-the-intellectual-entrails of another Supreme Court nominee will begin.

Are we having fun yet?

George Smith is executive director of the the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association[[In-content Ad]]