Reid to Vote NO on Roberts – Baucus and Nelson Not as Willing to Vote No

Harry Reid announced a short time ago that he will vote NO on John Roberts nomination as Chief Justice,
“voicing doubts about Roberts’ commitment to civil rights and accusing the Bush administration of stonewalling requests for documents that might shed light on his views.”

Reid also said Roberts followed a “disingenuous strategy” at last week’s confirmation hearings of suggesting that the views in the memos were not his own.

Not all Senate Democrats seem as willing to vote NO on Roberts.

Within minutes, other Democrats had begun to signal their intentions.

“I’ve not seen anything that would cause me to vote against” Roberts, said Ben Nelson, who represents Republican Nebraska and often crosses party lines to support President Bush’s legislative proposals.

“I’m inclined to vote for Roberts unless something else comes up,” said Sen. Max Baucus , D-Mont. “It’s a close call.”

I urge our readers to contact Senator Baucus and Senator Nelson and ask them to VOTE NO on John Roberts.

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10 Responses to Reid to Vote NO on Roberts – Baucus and Nelson Not as Willing to Vote No

  1. janet says:

    Oh, Baucus–get some spine. He is still afraid of the percentage of people in Montana who voted for Bush. He needs to realize that a lot of these people now think Bush is a complete idiot. Of course, I realize there is a high percentage of Roman Catholics in Montana but it wouldn’t change a thing if he voted against Roberts.

  2. KJ says:

    Good for Reid.

  3. Dave says:

    “Good for Reid. ”

    Hear! Hear!

  4. Typical for Nelson, he is a centrist’s centrist…something to that effect. He has a very narrow band of movement he may display, and until the neo-cons finish off the black eye they are giving the conservatives, guys like Nelson will tread lightly. It’s in the water down here, best I can figure.

  5. Dave says:

    Anyone know how JK is going to vote?

  6. I haven’t asked but I’m certain it will be NO, as will Uncle Teddy.

  7. BlueWashington says:

    Hate to be a wet blanket here guys, but I’m going to have to agree with Tom Oliphant (see his column dated 9/15) on this one. For all the crap Roberts is going to get for being a Shrub appointee, he is still rated as something like ‘well qualified’ by the ABA. Also, if someone like Orrin Hatch can vote for Breyer and Ginsberg, certainly Roberts will pick up some Dem votes.
    Yes, we will have hold our noses, but Roberts is as good as it gets, I think (Yes, there’s Roe), as far as a GOPer candidates are concerned. Let’s face facts – it will be the NEXT candidate that Dems will have to keep their eyes on.
    We can, and should, ‘ruff up’ Roberts; let ShrubCo know we mean business. But again, the NEXT candidate is who we should unload our powder on.

    Heavy Sigh…

  8. Blue Washington

    I rarely disagree with Thomas Oliphant but I did on this one. We’re just in a damned if we do place no matter what…

    No harm in pressuring our Senators though.

  9. BlueWashington says:

    Really Pamela,

    I do understand. Roberts is not my guy. But coming from Shrub, what should we expect? Not much. We could be dealing with someone such as Janice Rogers Brown; speaking of which…

    What really scares the Hell out me is someone like Janice Rogers Brown. Now we’re talking Nuclear Option.

  10. Blue

    I agree… Personally I’d like to Nuclear Option all of them!