July 22, 2005

SLIP SLIDIN' AWAY:

Roberts reminds Democrats of 2004 outcome: A legislative legacy at stake (Tom Curry, July 22, 2005, MSNBC)

At a press conference Thursday to urge the Senate to grill Supreme Court nominee Judge John Roberts on his views, Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., stood with the senior senator from Massachusetts, Sen. Edward Kennedy. “I wonder what it would be like if the junior senator from Massachusetts had been making this appointment,” Watt mused ruefully.

But John Kerry lost last November, and by losing, let slip away the chance for Democrats to shape the judiciary. [...]

Watt, who is black, made the issue personal by mentioning that the Supreme Court, in a series of 5-to-4 decisions, had supervised the redesign of his own gerrymandered congressional district, arguing over whether overt consideration of the race of the voters ought to be permissible when state legislators map out House districts.

The Senate confirmation of Roberts, which looks increasingly likely, would be a setback for the Democratic Party and especially for liberal Democrats such as Watt and Kennedy.


The prospect of submitting the Left's agenda to normal legislative processes rightly terrifies these guys.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 22, 2005 7:22 PM
Comments

Can I tell you who I would have nominated? Hello? Hello? Hellow! Hello! Is anybody listening? Does anyone care what I have to say? Forty-nine percent of all American voters wanted me to be President; doesn't that count for anything? Hello?

Posted by: JFK at July 24, 2005 11:18 PM
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