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July 20, 2005

The right on Roberts

Proving beyond reasonable doubt that a Roberts nomination is wrong:

Bill Frist: “Judge Roberts is the kind of outstanding nominee that will make America proud. He embodies the qualities America expects in a justice on its highest court: someone who is fair, intelligent, impartial and committed to faithfully interpreting the Constitution and the law.”
Tony Perkins: “The president […] promised to nominate someone along the lines of a Scalia or a Thomas, and that is exactly what he has done.”
Rick Santorum: “I am very pleased that President Bush has chosen to nominate such a highly qualified individual to serve on our nation’s highest court. Judge John Roberts is a brilliant legal mind and a man of deep character who has earned the respect from both sides of the ideological spectrum.”

I’m guessing that means the spectrum from extreme right to extreme far right.

One other thing. Maybe I’m morphing into a conspiracy theorist, but both Frist’s and Bush’s use of the word “faithfully” to describe how Roberts would interpret the constitution increasingly bothers me. It sounds very much like a coded message to the religious right—a reassurance that Roberts really is one of them, a Scalia-clone who will in every sense keep the faith on the Court.

Of course, maybe Roberts will just set aside his anti-choice, anti-civil-rights, anti-minority views and be transformed into O’Connor reincarnate. No? Then why are some leading Democrats—like Joe Lieberman and Harry Reid (this really is the only place I could find his full statement, ironically)—talking as if that’s a possibility?

Because it isn’t—and Democrats need to unite and confront that reality now.

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