Schumer: Roberts Lacking in “Compassion and Humanity”

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.”

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10 Responses to Schumer: Roberts Lacking in “Compassion and Humanity”

  1. Ron Chusid says:

    Sounds a lot like Howard Dean’s statement: “John Roberts may have a sharp legal mind, but his record shows that he lacks a sense of justice.”

    Coincidence, or are they working on a unified message?

  2. Marjorie G says:


  3. Ron Chusid says:

    At least Roberts gave in and answered the question about his favorite movies.

  4. Teresa says:

    Ther’re crazy to let this twerp in.

  5. Nick says:

    John Roberts, or “How the Bushies avoided getting Borked?”

    Contrary to right-wing dogma, Bork was not brought down by a character assassination by Ted Kennedy. Instead, he was a right-winger who personality rubbed most folks (including Specter and John Warner) the wrong way. As even my liberal lawyer father admits, Bork WAS a very brilliant man. His problem was that his legal views were to the right of Atilla the Hun. That, combined with personality, sank Bork quicker than the mechanical shark after Rob Schnieder shoots him at the end of Jaws (1975).
    The Bushies solution: 1) tell more lies than LBJ, Nixon, and Clinton combined to get re-elected and get a GOP senate elected and 2) Nominate a pleasant enough sounding guy with a sharp legal mind, rather than some guy that reminds folks of the cranky neighbor who chased you of his lawn with a rake.

  6. garym says:

    I love the way Democrats scream when a judge refuses to grovel and say he’ll twist the Constitution for their so-called “compassionate” schemes. Democrats don’t want Constitutional restraints; they want a government that can do anything it feels like as long as they call it “compassion.” Then they have the gall to complain when Bush acts the same way.

  7. garym,

    You should try visiting reality. Though I guess it would be a little scary since you folks have rarely if ever even stepped foot in it. Better just keep lapping up and regurgitating the slop they feed you in your world and you’ll be fine.

  8. Ron Chusid says:


    No, Democrats object to the Republican push for a government which is more intrusive in individual’s lives. Democrats oppose a government which imposes religious views on others. Democrats support limitations on the power of the government, including limitations on the Executive Branch which Roberts has opposed.

  9. Ron Chusid says:


    To your list also add a third point–avoid answering questions. It is harder to organize opposition when Roberts has said little that is objectionable at the hearings. If he actually answered questions with his views it is possible far more people would oppose him, considering that the majority of people oppose Republicans on most policy issues. (If only they would learn to connect the Republican policy issues they oppose to the Republican politicians they vote for).

  10. Donnie From Houma, LA says:

    garym Says:
    September 17th, 2005 at 5:49 am

    garym, You have missed the target all together. Bush and his admin. have bullied the whole nation, into a war that not even the UN backed. Disclosed the ident. of undercover agents. Violated the Geneva Convention. Gave out no-bid contracts to companies that have Assoc, with themselves and friends. Let a city fall into ruin and just sat idle, and that city, just happens to be a known Dem. stronghold in my state. You speak of someone not wanting restraints!!!!

    Dave from Princeton is right, you should try to visit reality. PS, just for the record, I’m not even a Dem. Think about that!!!