Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Harry Reid Assumes the Position

He just couldn’t resist. Harry Reid will vote against SCOTUS nominee John Roberts. Surprise surprise.

Top Democrat To Vote No On Roberts

No one doubts that John Roberts is an excellent lawyer and an affable person," Reid, D-Nev., said in a speech on the Senate floor. "But at the end of this process, I have too many unanswered questions about the nominee to justify a vote confirming him to this enormously important lifetime position."

Ultimately, this is good for Republicans. John Roberts will be nominated anyway and Democrats will assume their typical position as obstructionist blowhards with nothing worthwhile to say.

"failure of the White House to produce relevant documents" and Roberts' failure to "fully and forthrightly answer questions" from senators at last week's Capitol Hill hearings had contributed to his decision to oppose the nomination.

Reid is setting the stage for the forthcoming filibuster of the next nominee to replace Sandra Day O’Conner. I don’t get the logic though. It seems to me that if that were the plan, Democrats would go out of their way to look reasonable this time around. Next time, substantial opposition or a filibuster will come off as the same old tired Democratic obstructionist tactics. That can’t be good for a party on the wane. Taking the high road might have lent more credibility to a future blockade. Then again, logic does not apply to these folks anymore.

In Sports:

I will be taking tomorrow off as I will be present in RFK to boo renown cheater and steroid user Barry Bonds. In case you are wondering, I'll be the one in the red hat with the W on it.