Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas called the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, “a good man who epitomized fairness, dignity and strength of character.” In the light of Rehnquist’s death the Chief Justice position on the Supreme Court was vacant and therefore President Bush needed to find another Judge who that epitomized “fairness, dignity and strength of character” to replace a man beloved by so many.
It is always a difficult task when dealing with a lifetime appointment, but President Bush has chosen splendidly. He has nominated a Judge with not only the experience necessary to lead the nation’s highest court, but one with a brilliant legal mind ready to assume the responsibility of a monumental job.
Judge John Roberts Jr. is the youngest man to be nominated and confirmed as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in over 200 years; that says not only a lot about his character, but also the level of integrity that Roberts exudes.
Roberts, while extremely qualified, has had extremely long and tedious appointment hearings, but showed leadership and strength of character throughout. He came out of these hearings as the epitome of what a Chief Justice needs to be. Now, President Bush faces the daunting task of going through this process yet again.
Who is an ideal candidate as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court? Depending on our political views we all have a different idea of what constitutes an ideal Supreme Court Justice. As a proud Republican woman I feel that we need more Republican and conservative women in the highest court of the land. However, I feel that it is imperative that a candidate is just and has the ability to interpret the Constitution the way our Nation’s founders saw fit—whether man or woman.
My ideal Associate Justice would have many of the qualities that the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist possessed. The most important characteristic that, I feel, is needed in a Judge, is justice. I believe that is why Supreme Court judges are called justices—they are the moral glue that keeps the greatest nation in the world from falling apart. Without justice our nation would crumble.
Selecting someone with the qualities needed to be an effective justice is no easy task especially for an individual that will be serving this country for the duration of his or her life. Therefore, a candidate must not only possess the qualities of a phenomenal judge, but also must have the charisma to appeal to at least 33 Senators in order to be confirmed. Someone like Edith Brown Clement comes to my mind.
Clement is a staunch Constitutionalist, which in my opinion, is exactly what the Supreme Court needs. The letter of the law must be followed and Clement is a great choice. She will adhere to the principles that the Constitution was founded upon. Clement will, like Rehnquist, deliver ‘just’ opinions on all cases which come before her.
Clement attended the University of Alabama for her undergraduate work and went on to graduate from Tulane Law School in 1972. In 1991 she was nominated to the U.S. District Court of Louisiana by George H.W. Bush and was confirmed by a vote of 99-0 in the Senate. She currently holds a seat on the 5th District U.S. Court of Appeals. She was nominated by George W. Bush in 2001 and was again confirmed by a 99-0 Senate vote. Given her record in the Senate, it is a safe assumption that Clement is a good choice for the next Justice of the Supreme Court.
Edith “Joy” Brown Clement is an excellent choice. Her strict adherence to the Constitution and her overall respect for all the values that our nation was founded on make her the ideal candidate. She will serve with integrity, honor, reliability, and most of all justice.

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