MA Senators Say No Free Pass for Roberts

John Kerry and Ted Kennedy both agree there is NO FREE PASS for Supreme Court nominee Judge John Roberts.

The predictable reactions — Republicans are nearly united in their praise — come just moments after the nomination was announced tonight by President Bush.

Roberts faces confirmation in the Senate, where Senator Kerry says there are “serious questions” about Roberts.

Kerry says he’s concerned about Roberts’ willingness to uphold civil rights and privacy rights in Roe-versus-Wade.

Kennedy didn’t refer to abortion rights as Kerry did, but said Roberts has ideological positions that must be fully disclosed to the Senate.

Away from Capitol Hill, advocacy groups on the left and the right are already waging a fierce lobbying campaign in advertisements on television, radio, newspapers and the Internet.

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19 Responses to MA Senators Say No Free Pass for Roberts

  1. Chuck says:

    Way to go Massachusetts! Good job and good luck Ron/Pamela et at! Are you guys from Massachusetts?

    Chuck in Houston

  2. battlebob says:

    All Dems must weigh in on this guy. The reality is they can’t stop the nomination because the Repubs can kill any filibuster attempt. But they must show what a biased person this judge is and how his biases affect his verdicts.
    His nomination will be a pox on us for the next 30 + years.
    He should be one on the many poster people in 2006 and beyond to show just how little regard Repubs have for people that aren’t right wing nuts.

  3. Chuck in Houston (formerly of Baku?)

    I’m from MA originally, thus my soft spot for JK and Uncle Teddy.

  4. Battlebob

    I am just starting to read about this guy, since I was knee deep in PHP last night (an uncharted territory for me)… I’m not happy.

  5. Chuck says:

    Chuck in Houston for Pamela:

    Yes I’ve recently moved from Baku/Portland (that’s Oregon to you east coasters) to Houston.

    Chuck in Houston

  6. Chuck says:

    I should re-phrase that. I recently finished up a project in Baku, Azerbaijan, during which our US residence was Portland, Oregon. Now We’ve moved to Houston, so it’s sort of a double move.

    Chuck in Houston

  7. Hey Chuck

    Nice to see you here. I’m a west-coaster these days (15 years actually), living in the liberal bastion called Hollywoodland.

  8. florida dem says:

    Congrats Pam & Ron!!! This looks great!

    BTW….JK needs some love on DKos again. Apparently someone is POd because they unsubscribed from the JK list but is still receiving emails. And as usual, any post dissing JK becomes a total gang bang.

  9. Ron Chusid says:

    Wow, that’s shocking. Nobody has ever seen a delay in getting off an email list before.

  10. florida dem says:

    Ron – LOL! 🙂

    The comments were particularly mean-spirited tonite. As is pretty much always the case, the root of the anger can be found in the primary season. They still can’t handle Dean lost. Sad. This is the same crowd that throws a hissy fit if everyone doesn’t rally around Dean when he goes off publicly. Then come the examples of how the Repubs fall in line behind their guys, blah, blah. They either are really truly oblivious and don’t see the irony or they just hate JK. They never really have a concrete reason to hate him, and some even state that they think he’s a nice guy. It’s like they have alot of misguided anger. They choose to focus all their anger on JK for “losing” the election for them. It’s kind of childish really.

    My theory on 2008 GOP strategy is that they plan to promote the hell out of Hillary and let the “Dem party tribes” created in the last election take out JK – the best 2008 prospect for president we have so far. On the other hand, the GOP will have an interesting ’08 primary that some think will be a battle for the “soul” of their party.

  11. Ron Chusid says:

    It will really be interesting. Unless Hillary can lock it up early, both parties will have wide open battles. It is especially rare for the Republicans not to have an obvious front runner.

    The Republicans also have the problem of electability vs. ideology. Bush ran as a compassionate conservative, and it is doubtful he could have kept it close enough to steel if he had campaigned from the far right. (I figure that reelection campaigns are a totally different ball game).

    Now we have Republicans running from the far right to attract the support of primary voters and GOP contributors, but hopefully they aren’t electable.

    The Kos people sure have no clue about Kerry. They often cite reasons, but their reasons just don’t hold up. Wait until 2008 and it turns out that their choice is Kerry or people running towards the middle (including Hillary).

  12. Hi FD

    I need to post a diary on Kos abou the new blog. I’m actually enjoying learning how to set this up, even though I didn’t get much sleep last night.

    Do you remeber in July 03 Rove said it was all about Dean. LOL! But that is what they do, they will hype Hill and Bill will be kissing up… OY!

  13. Ron Chusid says:

    The main quote from Rove about Dean I heard from then was that Dean was the candidate he wanted to face.

    I take it as Rove expressing his opinion honestly, knowing that Dean would have lost by a landslide. However Dean supporters claim Rove was trying to throw Democrats off by saying this about the candidate who threatened them the most.

  14. Nick says:

    Ron
    A recent book called “Boy Genius” makes it clear Rove thought up until Iowa that it was gonna be Dean, and he was VERY happy about this. Anybody who doesn’t think Rove and BushCo. wanted Dean is not living in the real world.
    Its kinda funny when you think about it. Kerry was attacked by some for being not being liberal or principled enough, but of all the names for 2008 being bandied about (Boxer, Kerry, Edwards, Hillary, Vilsack, Mark Warner, etc.) the most liberal of the bunch (except for Boxer) is Kerry.

  15. Ron Chusid says:

    Nick,

    I’ve also mentioned several times that there is an excellent chance that Kerry will be the most liberal candidate for the nomination (excluding the Kucinich/Sharpton types of candidates who don’t really have much of a chance). That will really create a dilemma for the Kos-types.

    After the election, many Democrats were quickly trying to rush to the middle, while it was Kerry who insisted upon sticking to his pirnciples.

  16. Nick says:

    Ron is there a place to put up Guest Blogs like at LUTD? I’ve got a lot of good ideas for guestblogs. Please advises on what to do.

  17. Nick says:

    Oops, sorry Ron

    That’s Please Advise on What to do.

  18. Ron Chusid says:

    Nick,

    Pamela will have to set that up. I’m sure we can arrange for your posts.

  19. Pamela Leavey says:

    Hi Nick

    The easiest thing to do is to register here on the Blog. I will then send you an email and let you know how we can get you started.