Thursday, September 15, 2005

Roberts Nomination

Senate Democrats, and apparently Arlen Specter, too, are frustrated by John Roberts's refusal to reveal his views on key issues that may come before him on the court. Big Joe Biden (D-MBNA), put it this way, "We are rolling the dice with you, Judge. It's kind of interesting, this Kabuki dance we have in these hearings here, as if the public doesn't have a right to know what you think about fundamental issues facing them."

So, my question to Joey, and his D brethren, is "what are you gonna do about it?" Is this just some Kabuki and when the time to vote the nomination out of committee comes are you going to run to the center and cast your vote for the man who won't answer your question? If that's all you're going to do, then shut up and get on with it. If you're doing more than grandstanding at this point, though, if you will refuse to vote for a man who by your actions you believe is obliged to answer the questions put to him by the committee, then carry on. Hold his feet to the fire until he answers your questions. If he doesn't and you end up voting against him, even though his nomination will succeed, for once in your sorry opportunistic career you will have finally made a principaled stand.
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