Senator Specter Scolds NARAL For Roberts Ad

By August 18, 2005Judicial Nominations

Judicial NominationsWe were forwarded a copy of an extraordinary letter from pro-choice Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to NARAL, calling for them to cancel their outrageous TV ad attacking Judge John Roberts, which they have now done. In fact, over the weekend, their communications director took the bullet for the whole organization and resigned.

We hate to stray into social issues, but do so only because this ad was so over the top as to warrant an extraordinary reprimand from the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. And we use it as an occasion to remind folks of what this debate should really be about.

We’ve said from the start that the debate over Judge Roberts’ confirmation should be around issues on which he will spend the bulk of his time while on the bench, like contract law, employment law, regulatory issues, property rights and other issues of importance to manufacturers. The criteria by which he was evaluated — and according to which he earned our endorsement — clearly focus on his temperament, understanding of the impact of court decision on commerce and proclivity for interpreting, not making the law from the bench. Let’s get this debate out of the weeds — and out of the gutter — and back on solid, high ground.

Here’s the link to the August 11 letter.