September 5, 2005

25 TO LIFE:

25 Dems could vote for Roberts (Elana Schor, 9/06/05, The Hill)

Members of the Senate Democrats’ K Street inner circle are predicting that as many as 25 Democrats will vote to confirm John Roberts as chief justice of the United States.

Several attendees of the Monday Group, as Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) biweekly lobbyist meetings are known, said the Democrats could suffer politically if their Roberts strategy misfires. Left-wing ideological groups are pressuring Democratic lawmakers to expose Roberts’s conservative record without workable grounds for a fight, Monday Group lobbyists said.

“It’s not a good thing for Democrats to be dragged into a visible, high-profile battle on him for weeks when Congress ought to be dealing with issues the public really cares about,” one key Democratic lobbyist said. “That’s the biggest danger for Democrats, if they get sucked into something like that because of the ideological left.”


An easy confirmation process and overwhelming vote for Judge Roberts will make it all the more conspicuous when they use a different standard against the Hispanic or black female nominee to the open spot.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 5, 2005 10:52 PM
Comments

This is so perfect. Those people will reflexively oppose Roberts for ideological reasons only, failing in their immediate objective, and, in the process, weakening themselves for the next round. Every drop of ink spilled on Roberts will be one less for the mopping-up action coming next.

Posted by: Lou Gots at September 6, 2005 7:09 AM
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