Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Who Doesn't Love This Guy?

Judge John Roberts with Oregon Democratic Senator, Ron Wyden.

Apparently, Patrick Leahy, the ranking member of the senate judiciary committee, isn't a fan. Unfortunately for him, he's in the minority, even within his party.

According to the Hedgehog Report Post, senate Democrats have indicated that the chances of a Roberts confirmation battle is unlikely.

This comes in light of all the support that Roberts has been getting from traditionally liberal commentators and politicians, who have been quick to denounce the efforts of NARAL, who launched a controversial advertisement that depicted the judge as a terrorist sympathiser.

Although many editorial pages, such as the New York Times and the Starledger, have specifically denounced the misleading nature of the Naral commercials, rather than the opposition to Roberts for the Supreme Court, the current atmosphere is very pro-Roberts and senators know it.

In the end, Naral did not accomplish anything. They drove Democrats away from opposition to Robert's confirmation and they lost a lot of credibility, which will prevent them from successfully campaigning against judges or politicians that are more conservative than Roberts, because they have now become associated with the out-of-touch left wing of the Democratic Party.


At 11:11 AM, Blogger Chris Woods said...

I still think there is some pretty strong Democratic opposition, particularly as more information comes out from the memos. This man will of course be confirmed, but I doubt he will get the 70 votes predicted by some. First of all, here is a DNC press release clearly targeting Roberts' partisanship. Then there is this comment that was released by Minority leader Reid yesterday:

"All this talk about whether Democrats will support the Roberts nomination is laughably premature. The hearings have not even begun. The White House has so far refused to produce relevant documents, and the documents we have seen raise questions about the nominee's commitment to progress on civil rights.

John Roberts must still persuade the Senate and the American people that he is a worthy replacement for Justice O'Connor and the jury is still out on that."

I think there's still some debate left. The confirmation hearings will be quite interesting.

At 11:54 AM, Blogger Jack said...


Interesting prediction. I made a similar one earlier at this post : http://jerseyperspective.blogspot.com/2005/07/who-will-opponents-be.html

However, Sam rebuked my claims in this post: http://jerseyperspective.blogspot.com/2005/07/who-will-opponents-be-probably-same.html

Because of what I said in this recent post, I am beginning to side more with Sam because I think Democrats would rather go down without a fight than be likened to the radical left, especially in light of Naral etc.

Thanks for putting up our link on the Political Forecast.

- Jersey Perspective


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