Thursday, July 28, 2005

John Roberts's Thesis as a Window into His Judicial Philosophy

An article by Christine DeLucia in George Mason University's History News Network seems to indicate a man who focuses on the facts at hand and tries to seperate facts from political wrangling. His thesis concerned the rise and fall of the of the Liberal party in England. From the article:
"The thesis attempts to break new ground on several fronts. Roberts criticizes several previous interpretations of the Liberal Party's rise and decline, noting that the history of interpretation had often been warped by partisanship. Those sympathetic to the Liberal Party blamed the Party's decline on vague historical contingencies. Labour historians argued that the Liberal Party inevitably would be replaced by one focused on the working man. Roberts has little patience with such partisan approaches. He prefers, he says, the interpretations offered by historians who pursued a “more detached view than the partisans had.” (p. 10) "

Ms. DeLucia's article is well written and gives me hope that a strict constructionist has finally been appointed to the bench. Read the whole thing at What Does John Roberts's Harvard History Thesis Tell Us About Him?.

(hat tip to Political Yen/Yang.)