Notable & Quotable: Roberts, Kavanaugh and Roe

July 26, 2022 6:16 pm ET

Chief Justice John Roberts walks to the Senate Chamber of the Capitol, January 16, 2020.


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Joan Biskupic writes for, July 26:

Chief Justice John Roberts privately lobbied other conservatives to save constitutional abortion rights to the bitter end, but May’s unprecedented leak of a draft opinion reversing Roe v. Wade made the effort all but impossible, multiple sources familiar with negotiations told CNN.

It seems unlikely that Roberts’ best prospect – Judge Brett Kavanaugh – ever came close to changing his former vote, despite Roberts’ attempts that continued in the final weeks of the hearing. . . . Roberts’ efforts at persuasion, difficult themselves from the start, were thwarted by the sudden publicity of the state of affairs. . . .

The two men have known each other since the early 1990s when they both served in the George HW Bush administration. . . . They have similar Roman Catholic roots, preschool backgrounds, and Ivy League educations (Roberts, Harvard; Kavanaugh, Yale). They now live so close together in Maryland that pro-choice protesters sometimes go to both houses on the same night.

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Appeared in the print edition July 27, 2022 as Notable & Quotable: Roberts. Notable & Quotable: Roberts, Kavanaugh and Roe

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