July 23, 2005


Liberals wary of Roberts' charm (Charles Hurt, July 23, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Wade Henderson, a civil rights leader who wields influence with Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, lamented yesterday that U.S. Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. appears headed for a "coronation."

"He has friends on both sides of the aisle." said Mr. Henderson, director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. "As a general matter, he is moving not so much toward a confirmation but what appears to be a coronation."

The comments reflect a wariness among liberal lobby groups that Judge Roberts -- viewed by them as extremely conservative -- may garner broad support from not only Senate Republicans, but also from the Democrats with whom the groups are most closely aligned.

At last count, 44 senators -- all Republicans -- have expressed support for Judge Roberts. Another 15 -- including 10 Democrats -- have made positive statements about the nominee but declined to take a position until after Senate hearings.

And in recent days, even some of Judge Roberts' toughest critics have been barely short of effusive after meeting with him in private.

...your main complaint is that the nominee is too popular.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 23, 2005 8:50 AM

And dresses too apropriately.

Posted by: Buttercup at July 23, 2005 9:07 AM

I suppose, according to the folks at the Kos site, Roberts' 4-year-old son must be the one who dresses the family, since a poster there outed him as gay after Bush's press conference -- based on the look on his wife's face, which was actually based on Jack's dancing during the annoucement. At least, if I were the folks over at the Style section of the Washington Post, that's the way I'd go.

Posted by: John at July 23, 2005 10:58 AM

Only 44 of 55 GOPers have expressed support for Roberts? Who are the spineless 11?

Posted by: AWW at July 23, 2005 11:23 AM

Maybe it's because he can make a point very gently with statements like this, h/t Orin Kerr at The Volokh Conspiracy. In response to a question about whether the Supreme Court was too conversative, he said, ". . . I hope the other members of the panel will forgive me for not thinking thatís a serious flaw."

Nice, very nice. I'm sorry I ever doubted the president's choice.

Posted by: erp at July 23, 2005 12:47 PM