Thursday, September 22, 2005

Russ Feingold rises above partisanship...

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Special mention to Senator Russ Feingold, who I've previously criticized on this blog for his position on the immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. Today, IMO, he did the right thing and unexpectedly voted yes on the Judiciary Committee in favor of John Roberts' confirmation to the Supreme Court. It's a shame that at a time when political posturing has cost the Bush Administration so dearly, the Democratic Leadership could not also take the initiative to rise above the politics while making an objective assessment of Roberts' nomination... taking into account precedent, past nominees, and paying no mind to the implications for Bush's next nomination to replace Sandra Day O'Connor. Scalia, after all, was a much stauncher ideological Conservative than Roberts, and he received 98 votes in the Senate.

The question those that disagree with me should ask themselves is if Roberts was a liberal, and a nominee by Clinton... If he had served under Carter and espoused views during that time in his twenties about Gay Marriage and perhaps vague references to a controversial subject like Reperations... would we, as Democrats, seriously think a No vote was justifiable under those parallel circumstances? The standard we would expect to be applied to nomination by a Democratic President is exactly the standard we should be applying to John Roberts.

Transcript: Senator Russ Feingold's statement on John Roberts

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