July 23, 2010

Why Republicans Shouldn't Unilateral Disarm in Fight Over Judicial Nominees

Senate Democrats regret supporting Roberts, Alito. Republicans cannot win them over by supporting their nominees. The media may fawn over Republicans that vote yes, like Sen. Graham, but it doesn't matter in the end.

There was also this little nugget, which cannot be repeated enough.
The Washington Post reported a few years ago that Obama initially wanted to vote for Roberts, but was talked out of it by his staff. Obama, reportedly impressed by Roberts’s intellect, was advised a yes vote would cripple a future presidential run. Obama subsequently voted no.
This is what the GOP is up against. Not principle. Rank partisanship. They should act accordingly.