August 19, 2005

Senator Kennedy on Judge Roberts

Senator Ted Kennedy has a column in the Washington Post today on why Judge Roberts' views matter. Primarily, he is arguing for the release of certain memoranda Judge Roberts prepared while advising the White House as Deputy Solicitor General. Senator Kennedy spends about 9 paragraphs questioning Judge Roberts' positions on several issues (from the Voting Rights Act to Abortion) and ends with this plea:

No one has an automatic right to a lifetime position on the Supreme Court. A nominee to the high court must first demonstrate that he has a core commitment to constitutional rights and liberties. He must show that he is in the mainstream of modern judicial thought and that he would not use an ideologically motivated interpretation of our Constitution or laws to reverse the hard-fought gains we have made to make this nation more just. Judge Roberts's early record raises serious questions about his commitment to core constitutional values, and the Senate must have the requested information to fully and faithfully execute its constitutional obligation.

No, Senator Kennedy. You want the memoranda so that you can smear Judge Roberts by taking something, which he wrote years ago on a particular matter while he was serving as an advocate for a Republican administration, completely out of context. It is more than evident that Senator Kennedy has already made up his mind as to whether he will vote for Judge Roberts (especially after reading this piece). The only problem is that he doesn't have enough votes or public support to stop the nomination from being confirmed.
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