The Kowtow Caucus

By September 30, 2005Judicial Nominations

Here’s a list of the Senators who voted against the nomination of John Roberts today. If they are waiting for a more qualified nominee, they won’t get one. Roberts, after all, has had a stellar legal career and has argued nearly 40 cases before the Supreme Court, a staggering amount.

Recall the following confirmation vote counts:

John Paul Stevens, 1975: 98-0
Sandra Day O’Connor, 1981: 99-0
Antonin Scalia, 1986: 98-0
Anthony Kennedy, 1987: 97-0
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1993: 96-3
Stephen Breyer, 1994: 87-9

Shame on these Senators — a few Presidential candidates past and future among them — for shamelessly kowtowing rather than putting partisanship aside and focusing instead on his impressive qualifications. In so doing, they have started down a most dangerous road. If you live in one of these states, you should tell them you don’t appreciate it.

Akaka (D-HI)
Bayh (D-IN)
Biden (D-DE)
Boxer (D-CA)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Corzine (D-NJ)
Dayton (D-MN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Obama (D-IL)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Sarbanes (D-MD)
Schumer (D-NY)
Stabenow (D-MI)