Friday, September 30, 2005

Final Score 78-22

I guess I was somewhat pleased with the voting results on Judge (now Chief Justice) Roberts’ nomination. I wanted it to be as close to unanimous as possible – a sign that Democrats would only stand in the way of a truly objectionable nominee. So 78-22, with 22 Democrats voting yes and 22 voting no, shows fairly strong support for Roberts. And in case a Democrat wins the White House, they haven’t set an impossible standard for future nominees.

What disappoints me though are the Democrats with presidential ambitions who voted no on Roberts (Clinton, Biden, Kerry...). I understand the reason – moderates believe they need to appeal to the base to actually have a chance at winning the nomination – but that doesn’t make it any easier for a moderate like me to feel any better about supporting them. I guess I’ll have to keep waiting for someone to show me that they make logical decisions even when the base is pressuring them to be overly passionate and irrational. But as long as they keep this up, they can expect to continue to be on the losing end of votes on Supreme Court nominees.