Chuck Schumer said today that Roberts “may very well possess the most powerful intellect of any person to come before the Senate for this position.”
However, Schumer also “suggested that his testimony revealed that some qualities the otherwise stellar nominee might be lacking include “compassion and humanity.”” Schumer also noted that American’s deserved more than relying on Roberts assurances.
“It’s important to determine not just the quality of your mind but the fullness of your heart … the ability to truly empathize with those who are less fortunate and who often need the protections of the government and the assistance of the law to have any chance at all,” said the New York Democrat, one of the most dogged questioners throughout the confirmation hearings.
Schumer continued: “I don’t think any of us expected you to answer every question or give us the answer the way we wanted.
“But we did hope that you would answer enough questions with enough specificity so that we and the American people would get a clear picture of the kind of chief justice you will be — not just rely on your assurances.”