The Chief

Apr 23, 2019

Chief Justice John Roberts once vowed to “call balls and strikes and not to pitch or bat.” Tuesday, journalist Joan Biskupic joins us to assess Roberts's track record. Has he been the umpire-in-chief he promised?

In his Supreme Court confirmation hearings, John Roberts vowed to act as an umpire of the law, to “call balls and strikes and not to pitch or bat.” How then are we to understand the numerous conservative victories handed down by the Roberts court? We’re talking significant decisions on issues like voting rights, campaign finance, and abortion. The journalist Joan Biskupic is our guest Tuesday. She argues that Roberts is juggling his conservative agenda with the court’s popular image and his personal legacy.

Joan Biskupic is a legal analyst for CNN. She has written biographies of Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Sandra Day O'Connor and the late Antonin Scalia. Her new book is The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible].