Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Harry Reid - No to Roberts

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 - The Senate Democratic leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, said Tuesday that he would oppose the confirmation of Judge John G. Roberts Jr. as chief justice, surprising both the White House and fellow Democrats still conflicted about how to vote.

In becoming the first Democrat to declare formally how he intended to vote, Mr. Reid may have made it more difficult for fellow Democrats to support Judge Roberts. Many Senate observers expected Mr. Reid, who comes from a Republican-leaning state and is opposed to abortion, to support Judge Roberts.

And the Democratic leader himself said Tuesday that he had earlier given the White House a list of nominees who would be objectionable and that Judge Roberts was not on it.

In announcing his decision in a lengthy speech on the Senate floor, Mr. Reid questioned Judge Roberts's commitment to civil rights and said he was "very swayed" by the civil rights and women's rights leaders who testified Thursday in opposition to the nomination - and with whom Mr. Reid met privately that same day. Liberal advocacy groups, who raise millions of dollars to support Democratic candidates and who have been putting intense pressure on Democrats to oppose the nomination, were elated.

With the White House considering how to fill a second Supreme Court vacancy, Mr. Reid could be using his vote on Judge Roberts to send a message to President Bush to fill that position with a moderate, in the mold of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, a critical swing vote, who is retiring. Along with three other senior senators, Mr. Reid is expected to meet Mr. Bush for breakfast Wednesday to discuss the vacancy.

Bottom line is that Harry Reid doesn't seem to understand how our system of government works.

The majority elect a president who nominates the Judiciary. The candidate is usually in the line of thinking that the elected President is (which by default due to election is the mindset of a majority of the PEOPLE). The Senate (who is currently majority (R) because the PEOPLE voted them in then comfirm the nominee.

It is not a matter of is said nominee a liberal, conservative, or moderate ... it is a matter of does said nominee think like the majority of the PEOPLE, and does said nominee rule by law and not legislate from bench.

Mr. Reid may be looking out for the interest groups, etc. but he may do well to remember that they may finance his campaign, but they do not vote him in ... the PEOPLE do.

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