Fat Tony takes a powder:
John G. Roberts Jr., a conservative protege of the late William H. Rehnquist, succeeded him Thursday and became the nationâ€™s youngest chief justice in two centuries, winning support from more than three-fourths of the Senate after promising he would be no ideologue.
A crowd including seven of the eight sitting justices, Robertsâ€™ parents, Rosemary and John Sr., children John and Josephine, Senate supporters and White House well-wishers erupted stood and applauded as Roberts kissed his wife and shook Stevensâ€™ hand. The audience also included Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and White House counsel Harriet Miers, both of whom have been mentioned as candidates for Oâ€™Connorâ€™s seat.
The only justice not at the White House was Antonin Scalia. He had a previous engagement that could not be broken, a court spokeswoman said. According to the Federalist Society Web site, he was leading a two-day seminar on the separation of powers in Avon, Colo.
I’m surprised that Scalia didn’t issue a stay keeping Roberts from becoming the Chief Justice citing the irreparable damage that it does to his own ego.
He’s got experience in these matters you know.
You can look it up.