Leahy to Back Roberts, Kennedy to Oppose
Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy has announced he will back John Roberts for Chief Justice. Sen. Edward Kennedy said he will vote against him. John Kerry is likely to vote no as well.
Update: Excerpts from John Kerry's statement of reasons for opposing Roberts is here.
My biggest concern right now is that Justice Stevens will retire. That will mean Bush packs the court with three new conservatives.
Update (by TChris): David Corn weighs in, arguing that the Democratic leadership (such as it is) needs to stay in synch with its base rather than dividing on key issues.
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