July 29, 2006


Roberts and Alito Misled Us (Edward M. Kennedy, July 30, 2006, Washington Post)

[T]he careful, bipartisan process of years past -- like so many checks and balances rooted in our Constitution -- has been badly broken by the current Bush administration. The result has been the confirmation of two justices, John G. Roberts Jr. and Samuel A. Alito Jr., whose voting record on the court reflects not the neutral, modest judicial philosophy they promised the Judiciary Committee, but an activist's embrace of the administration's political and ideological agenda.

Now that the votes are in from their first term, we can see plainly the agenda that Roberts and Alito sought to conceal from the committee. Our new justices consistently voted to erode civil liberties, decrease the rights of minorities and limit environmental protections. At the same time, they voted to expand the power of the president, reduce restrictions on abusive police tactics and approve federal intrusion into issues traditionally governed by state law.

The confirmation process became broken because the Bush administration learned the wrong lesson from the failed Bork nomination and decided it could still nominate extremists as long as their views were hidden.

Since it did so successfully oughtn't we say the Administration learned the right lesson?

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 29, 2006 9:06 PM

The voters of Massachusetts must be the worst informed in the country to elect and re-elect their two senators, demonstrably the dumbest in the history of that august body.

Posted by: erp at July 30, 2006 10:00 AM

As noted in my blog, he's saying "We were fooled."

Any examination of the news stories of the time would argue that he was one of the great voices against confirmation of both, and that he never supported them.

"Fooled" means you believed otherwise then than now, Senator. Think about it.

Posted by: Arnold Williams at July 30, 2006 11:14 AM

Arnold, asking Ted Kennedy to think about something is akin to asking him to stop bloviating or to fly to the moon. He can't do it now, never could do it and will never be able to do it in the future.

Posted by: erp at July 30, 2006 11:56 AM