Sen. Harry Reid to Oppose John Roberts
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says he will vote against the nomination of John Roberts for Chief Justice of the United States.
Reid scheduled a speech on the Senate floor for mid-afternoon, at which he was expected to make his announcement public.
I suspect several other Democrats will also vote against Roberts. He didn't answer their direct questions about his views on abortion, civil rights and other important issues, sticking to his script about respecting precedent. His hearings were more like a law school class at which he was lecturer-in-chief.
As big as the abortion issue is to many folks, civil liberties in the broader context (Patriot Act, increased governmental snooping, etc.) the death penalty and criminal justice are my primary areas of concern. Roberts just about got a pass on all those issues from the Senators, and I'm not happy about that. Still, Roberts will be confirmed, and the real fight is yet to come - over Justice O'Connor's replacement. I'm holding my big guns for that one.
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