From Salon’s War Room:
Minnesota’s Mark Dayton and Indiana’s Evan Bayh announced today that they’ll vote against the confirmation of John G. Roberts, bringing the Democratic tally to 14 no, 11 yes and 19 still to go.
A lot of activists on the left are expressing their disappointment in the 11 Democrats who have announced their support for Roberts, and this afternoon Howard Dean is making it clear that he’s disappointed, too. In a message to supporters, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee asks: “[H]ow will we win any battle if we don’t stand up for what we believe and speak the truth? More importantly, how will Americans know what to expect from a Democratic Congress and Democratic president if we don’t fight for our values at every opportunity? Democrats can disagree with Democrats in good faith — and many do on this issue. But when political calculations silence our conscience, we have abandoned our true values.”
I don’t always agree with the good Chairman Dean, but I certainly do on this issue. We have to come together and work as a team, we can disagree but in critical moments on critical issues we must stick together and fight for our values. John Roberts is not representative of our values.