July 22, 2005


Sen. Byrd praises Bush on nominee (Charles Hurt, Washington Times, 7/22/05)

Sen. Robert C. Byrd, one of President Bush's harshest critics, has become an unlikely ally on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge John G. Roberts Jr.

"I said to him, 'I am shouting your name from the steeple tops for reaching out, reaching across the aisle,'?" the West Virginia Democrat reported after taking a phone call from Mr. Bush to discuss a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

After Mr. Bush nominated federal Judge Roberts this week, Mr. Byrd again issued a statement praising the president. "I thank President Bush for reaching out to senators on both sides of the aisle as he worked to select a nominee for the court," Mr. Byrd said. "I hope that this bipartisan cooperation will continue as the confirmation process begins." . . .

Mr. Byrd embraced the same judicial philosophy as the president in his memoir, "Child of the Appalachian Coalfields," released earlier this summer. In the book, he repeatedly blamed "liberal judges" and "activist judges" for many of the nation's problems.

"One's life is probably in no greater danger in the jungles of deepest Africa than in the jungles of America's large cities," he writes. "In my judgment, much of the problem has been brought about by the mollycoddling of criminals by some of the liberal judges who have been placed on the nation's courts in recent years."

This makes clear that it is politics, rather than the McCain/Lieberman compromise, that is driving Judge Roberts' confirmation.

Posted by David Cohen at July 22, 2005 1:42 PM

Once Roberts assured him that he wouldn't support the use of hate speech legislation to prosecute cross-burners, he was home-free as far as Old Sheets was concerned.

Posted by: bart at July 22, 2005 2:22 PM

Never said that McCain/Lieberman/Byrd was driving the truck ... just that the Sign of Fourteen established sideboards for the Senate review process.

Posted by: ghostcat at July 22, 2005 2:55 PM

Isn't it heresy to make such an assertion here in the land of McCain worship?

Posted by: Thom at July 22, 2005 10:27 PM

The comprimise wasn't politics?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at July 23, 2005 2:30 AM
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