With Friends Like This
The senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee announced Wednesday he will vote to confirm John Roberts for chief justice of the United States after leading senators met with President Bush to discuss candidates for a second high court vacancy.
The announcement by veteran Sen. Patrick Leahy came amid virtually unprecedented executive-legislative branch jockeying over not one, but two high court openings, the seats left vacant by the death of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and the retirement of Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
Wow. I have to admit some new-found respect for Sen. Leahy. This may be a ploy to vote for Roberts, who put on a clinic at his confirmation hearing, and then vehemently oppose whomever Bush picks to succeed Justice O'Connor. Still, it would have been easier to vote with the party and vote against Roberts. On the other hand...
Kerry, the Democratic presidential candidate in 2004, said "I refuse to vote for a Supreme Court nominee who came before the Senate intent on demonstrating his ability to deftly deflect legitimate questions about his views, opinions and philosophy.
No surprise here. Amazingly, Kerry's ability to deftly deflect legitimate questions about his service in Vietnam was the reason Swift Boat Veterans For Truth began. Has the botox addled Kerry's brain? Then again...
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said he urged President George W. Bush today to delay nominating a replacement for retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
Senator Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania, said he talked to Justice O'Connor about staying on the high court. ``She's prepared to do that'' through the court's term ending in June, Specter said. The president ``was noncommittal,'' Specter said. ``The body language was not very positive,'' Specter said.
I am confused here. Senator Specter purports to be an authority on the Constitution but apparently has confused Article 1 with Article 2. Perhaps he should take a leisurely drive down Pennsylvania Avenue and take note of the large white house located in the 1600 block. From that location emanates the power to appoint Justices to the Supreme Court. The round building from which he traveled has the responsibility to advise and consent.
P.S. This is the same White House, I might add, that supported Specter in a challenge from his right, admittedly a large flank, by a Republican in the primary election in 2004.