Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Prior Confirmation Hearings on Roberts

Judge John Roberts has been nominated for the federal bench twice before. On both occasions, Senate Democrats obstructed his confirmation.

The first time was in 1992. Pres. George H.W. Bush nominated Roberts for the D.C. Circuit, but Democrats in an election year were in no hurry to do anything with the nomination. The nomination died with little happening.

On May 9, 2001, the current Pres. Bush nominated Roberts again for the D.C. Circuit. Democrats engaged in obstruction tactics for 2 years, but the Senate finally confirmed Roberts on May 5, 2003.

When you hear complaints from liberal Democrats about a short paper trail on Roberts, remember that he would have served longer and would have written more opinions if he had been promptly confirmed when he was nominated.

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