The Talking Lion

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Pressing Roberts

There are those on the left that have been frustrated at the Democrats' lack of scrutiny on Bush's latest court nominee. I don't count myself among them.

As far as Republicans go, Bush nominated a moderate who is generally well-respected among his colleagues. I mean, this guy isn't anything close to someone like Janice Rogers Brown. Is he my ideal of an ideal justice? Hell no. Far from it. But the way the system works, the president gets to nominate his guys to the Supreme Court. Making a fuss about Roberts is just antagonizing Bush for the sake of antagonizing Bush. There's about a million other things the Democrats should be making a fuss about instead of prodding Roberts for the hell of it.

But then, a disaster struck New Orleans that left the entire nation shocked and saddened. Not only was one of the nation's major cities underwater, but thousands upon thousands of poor residents were left stranded, with no way to get out of town. The death toll gets larger and larger each day and the federal govt. refuses to accept any signifficant responsibility for the disaster. The rescue effort was seriously botched. Our nation should be appaled and should be demanding answers.

This is why I think what Ted Kennedy said in this morning's Washington Post is very appropriate for these times:

"What the American people have seen is this incredible disparity in which those people who had cars and money got out and those people who were impoverished died," Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) said in an interview . The question for Roberts, he said, is whether he stands for "a fairer, more just nation" or for "narrow, stingy interpretations of the law to frustrate progress."

Some may criticize Kennedy as using a national disaster as a political asset. I have no way of knowing what Ted's motives are, all I care about is the fact that someone has decided to make this an issue that is discussed in the highest levels of our government.

There is no issue that is more pertinent right now, and the American people have a right to know how Roberts would respond to questions along this line. Even more than that, the Senators have a duty to the American people to ask these questions and consider his responses when looking at whether or not to confirm.


  • I will have to respectfully disagree. Roberts doesn't seem to be a moderate. All signs point against this.

    The biggest one is that there isn't a lot of information on his opinions. I don't think Bush would make the same gamble that his father lost with Souter.

    So keeping that in mind, it is important that the D's do what they can to impede his confirmation. Because that is their job right now.

    I strongly disagree with Bush's nominating him for Chief Justice. The dude's only been a judge for 2 years. It's ridiculous.

    By Blogger Arun, at Wednesday, 07 September, 2005  

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