The fireworks everybody expected may not materialize, but this weeks hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee are still crucial. Will John Roberts sail through unchallenged? What questions should Democrats ask? Below, some of the Prospect's coverage of the nomination from this summer.
Just Say No by
Democrats don't have to filibuster John Roberts -- but they don't have to vote for him, either.
Meet John Roberts by
Adele M. Stan
A first-class lawyer with a sense of humor. Too bad he's a threat to women's rights -- and the Constitution.
He's No Souter by
Many liberals are heartened by the possibility of Justice Roberts. They shouldn't be.
High Court, High Stakes by
On morality, regulation, and privacy, the right seeks a Supreme Court revolution. Senate hearings have one job: to block it.
The Wrong Litmus Test by
Robert B. Reich
Yes, abortion is important. But the next Supreme Court justice may have more influence in the War on Terrorism than any other realm.
Always Political by
A new book on the judicial nomination process makes the historical case for ideological battles.
Say It Loud by
Jack C. Doppelt
Even Antonin Scalia thinks that judicial candidates should talk about their beliefs.
Strip Search by
There are many who want to destroy the courts. John Roberts should make it clear he's not one of them.
Roberts' Road by
John Roberts should speak candidly at his confirmation hearing -- for his own sake as much as the Senate's.
Five Big Issues by
Sure, Roberts might not be as bad as you fear. But there are reasons to worry.
Roe Reversal by
Raich minus Roe could equal a national abortion ban.
Originalist Sin by
Judges like Clarence Thomas "only" want to return to what they say is the original Constitution. That's much more radical than they want you to think.
Unfounded Fodder by
Adele M. Stan
The zealots behind Justice Sunday II are selling their vision of the Constitution to an unwitting public. Liberals need to pitch their own.
The Problem With Predictability by
Many conservatives expect a Supreme Court justice whose opinions they can predict. Predictability may be a virtue in a political leader. For judges, it's a vice.