If you’re not paying attention — you should be. The first day of the Roberts nomination hearing has come to a close. The day was filled with statements on the nomination by the various members of the Judiciary committee, there’s more on that here, here and here. I checked around the blogosphere to see what’s being posted about the hearings… not much, considering this nomination could affect the direction of the Supreme court for the next 20 – 30 years and involve 8 – 9 presidential terms.
There are some major issues at stake. Issues that will affect the future of our country for generations to come. We simply cannot sit back and wring our hands and say well, they ARE the majority, and it’s a shoe-in, because we’ve seen in recent weeks how the support for the majority has fallen.
Senator Kennedy said that the Roberts nomination hearings are “John Roberts job interview with the American people.” Roberts “owes it to the American people”, to let them know where he stands on issues of importance. In discussing today’s statements from his Republican colleagues, he said that they were “working from the same playbook” and asked “why don’t ‘they’ want us to know about him”, referring to the papers that the Bush administration has refused to release.
Kennedy reminded us that the Supreme Court Chief Justice is the people’s Justice, not the administration’s Justice. Roberts should be expected to answer questions about legal principles. Kennedy mentioned that Republicans said today that Ginsberg did not answer questions, but she did (See this thread for more – Bullet Point Arguments on Senator Hatch’s Opening Statement on the Roberts’ Nomination).
Tomorrow, each Senator will have a 30 minute session to ask Roberts questions. Expect to hear Kennedy question Roberts on Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Rights to Privacy and more. “No one is entitled to be Supreme Court Chief Justice — you have to win that — with the American public and the Senate,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy voted against Roberts when he was nominated for the DC Circuit Court, because he did not answer questions. We can expect Kennedy to hold to the same principle in this nomination as well.
Ralph Neas of People for the American Way said that we are “courting disaster” with the Robert’s nomination. More than 100 Supreme Court decisions could be overturned with Roberts. Roberts has been a “key lieutenant” in the Republican’s fight to “turn back the clock” on issues such as civil rights, women’s rights, religious liberty, right to privacy and more.
Neas said that Roberts is the “darling of the corporate community.” Given that we can expect Roberts to side with corporate business, rather than consumers. Expect to more turn backs on the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, as Roberts pushes the Bush “energy whore’s” interest before the environment.
There’s far too much at stake here, my friends. If you have not contacted your Senator to let them know your feelings about Roberts as Supreme Court Chief Justice, the time to do that is now — Tell Senate Roberts wrong for Chief Justice. There are a few moderate Republicans who may sway, including Chaffee, Collins and Snowe. There are a wealth of resources on the John Roberts nomination at SaveTheCourt.org.
The Democrats on the Judiciary Committee need to hear from you, Harry Reid needs to hear from you, your Senator needs to here from you. Say NO to Roberts for Supreme Court Justice!