Thursday, September 15, 2005

Howard Dean's Verdict On John Roberts

Can be found here.
While the hearings will continue, Dean writes that he has seen enough.
"He has been a polished performer, but in failing to present clear answers to straightforward questions, Roberts missed a crucial opportunity to answer legitimate concerns about his record and show compassion for those who have been excluded from the American Dream. The consistent mark of Roberts' career is a lack of commitment to making the Constitution's promise of equal protection a reality for all Americans, particularly the most vulnerable in our society."
Dean goes on to say that John Roberts may have a sharp legal mind, but his record shows that he lacks a sense of justice.
"He has consistently joined the radical right in seeking to weaken voting rights protections, in essence attacking the rights of black and Hispanic voters to cast their ballot without paying poll taxes or being subjected to intimidation or gerrymandering. He fought against protecting all Americans from workplace discrimination. Most worrisome, he refused to answer questions on his limited view of the right to personal privacy that most Americans take for granted."
There is no question that if Roberts is approved, the Supreme Court will lurch to the right. The question is, does the Democratic Party have the stomach to strongly oppose Robert's approval... even if it would require a filibuster? It appears the Party Chair has the guts, but do our Senators?


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