September 23, 2005

THE DISCIPLINE OF AN ELECTORATE:

How some senators plan to vote on Roberts (Associated Press, 9/23/05)

All 55 Senate Republicans are expected to vote for John Roberts' confirmation as Supreme Court chief justice next week. The 44 Democrats are less unified.

Democrats who have announced their support for Roberts (8):

Bill Nelson of Florida, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Max Baucus of Montana, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, Kent Conrad of North Dakota.

Democrats who voted for Roberts on the Judiciary Committee (3):

Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, Herb Kohl of Wisconsin.


Democrats can't figure out why they keep losing national elections even though they oppose Roberts as a party but all these guys are forced to support him for purposes of their own re-elections.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 23, 2005 10:02 AM
Comments

Of the announced votes so far, the only one that doesn't make sense to me is Leahy.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 23, 2005 7:50 PM

Raoul:

"It gives me great pain to have to oppose this radical nominee. As you know, I supported Justic Roberts, against the pleas of many allies, because I thought him so qualified that some policy differences had to be set aside. But (fill in the blank) has none of the qualities of a Judge Roberts...."

Posted by: oj at September 23, 2005 8:14 PM

That's nice, but aren'tt he rest of his party making that play a bit hard to make? Doesn't he need St.Hillary! or Feinstein or Patty or Levin or some other safe Dems to join him? Or do you think the Nelsonses, Bingamans and Baucuses are part of this strategy, and will revert to party discipline when the next nominee is up for the vote? Or he setting up the latter group to be collateral damage (like Daschle) in '006?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 24, 2005 2:46 PM
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