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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Senator Clinton says "No" to Roberts Knowing it Doesn't Matter Except to Her Base


Drudge has it here:
...I believe I must vote against his confirmation. I do not believe that the Judge has presented his views with enough clarity and specificity for me to in good conscience cast a vote on his behalf...(blah, blah, blah) Since I expect Judge Roberts to be confirmed, I hope that my concerns are unfounded and that he will be the kind of judge he said he would be during his confirmation hearing. If so, I will be the first to acknowledge it. However, because I think he is far more likely to vote the views he expressed in his legal writings, I cannot give my consent to his confirmation and will, therefore, vote against his confirmation. My desire to maintain the already fragile Supreme Court majority for civil rights, voting rights and women's rights outweigh the respect I have for Judge Roberts's intellect, character, and legal skills.
Translation: "The legislative power of the Supreme Court must be kept intact at all costs, especially as it relates to abortion, which is the one common ground all those who might vote for me have. Therefore, now that I know he will win, I will announce my "no" vote and get a lot of publicity for my cheap political ploy. Winning, after all, is the only thing."

Seantor Clinton's website.

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