September 21, 2005
Patrick Leahy Says He'll Back Roberts
UPDATE: Crash and burn on the prediction about the vote in the Judiciary Committee! Read all about it here.
In a move that seems to have shocked everybody except Patterico and myself, Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT), Democratic J-Com stalwart and filibustering fool, announced today that he will vote in favor of John Roberts, Bush's nominee to be Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Leahy, D-Vt., said he still has some concerns about Roberts. "But in my judgment, in my experience, but especially in my conscience I find it is better to vote yes than no," he said. "Judge Roberts is a man of integrity. I can only take him at his word that he does not have an ideological agenda."
Although Sens. Joe Biden (D-DE) and Charles Schumer (D-NY), both on the Senate Judiciary Committee, have yet to formally announce their votes either way, both gave interviews in which they said that Roberts was the best Supreme-Court nominee either had ever seen. I find it hard to believe they would say that -- and then vote against him.
In the meanwhile, as I expected, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) announced his own position:
Moments after Leahy spoke, Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, who also serves on the Judiciary Committee, announced he would vote against Roberts.
"There is clear and convincing evidence that John Roberts is the wrong choice for chief justice," Kennedy said. "I oppose the nomination, and I urge my colleagues to do the same."
There are other Democratic senators yet to announce: Dick Durbin (D-IL), Russell Feingold (D-WI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Herb Kohl (D-WI); still, I think my prediction, that Roberts will get all of the senators on the Judiciary Committee except Ted Kennedy, is looking pretty prescient at the moment.
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, September 21, 2005, at the time of 2:26 PM
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The following hissed in response by: Clint
I hope you're right. The only major counterindication, of course, is the strongly-worded statement from Senator Reid, the Minority Leader.
He's got to have a much better straw poll of Senate Democrats than any of us -- and it's hard to believe he'd stake out that position if Roberts is going to get the support of most Democrats. (And it's hard for me to believe he'll get the support of most Judiciary Committee democrats, and then very few of their colleagues.)
We'll know (about the first part) tomorrow, of course.
The above hissed in response by: Clint at September 21, 2005 2:48 PM
The following hissed in response by: Bill Faith
I understand Mary Jo Kopechne has yet to express her opinion. Ted Kennedy should be used as ballast to help reinforce a New Orleans levy.
The above hissed in response by: Bill Faith at September 21, 2005 5:00 PM
The following hissed in response by: HelenW
Wow, you are a giant among pundits. Was I ever wrong about Leahy. Nobody saw this coming in Vermont.
Sure it makes sense to pass on the 1st nominee to build credibility in the fight against the 2nd. But when did Leahy *ever* do the sensible thing?!?
This looks like an abduction to me. Didn't his voice sound funny? What have they done with the real Pat Leahy?
The above hissed in response by: HelenW at September 21, 2005 5:03 PM
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