Friday, September 23, 2005

Roberts is recommended by the Judiciary committee

John Roberts has received the endorsement of the Senate Judiciary committee for confirmation to become the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The vote was 13-5 with (no surprise) Kennedy, Biden, Feinstein, Schumer, and Durbin voting against.

Roberts was endorsed by the ABA, his work as a lawyer for the government during which he argued cases before the Supreme Court itself and his judgement in the 2 years of sitting on the bench in DC all combine to make him a highly qualified judge. His repeated stance on the law is that he will apply the law as the legislature has passed it to cases brought before him. This is precisely the quality we need in a Supreme Court justice so I really can't fathom a vote against him except for the reason that he doesn't fit a given person's idealogical views. And that's something the Democrats all said they wouldn't let sway them in determining their vote. Three of them on the committee held to their words. These five, however, clearly cannot.

I'm pleased Roberts is now out of committee. I would like to see the vote for confirmation take place very soon so we can get on with the next nomination, get the Supreme Court fully staffed, and get them back doing what they're supposed to be doing rather than playing around waiting for the political grandstanding to be done.