Hogan's Alley

Friday, September 16, 2005

Predicting the Judiciary Committee Vote

I tend to agree with Daffydd at Captain's Quarters that virtually all the Democrats will vote to confirm Roberts, with Teddy Kennedy the only likely "no" vote.

They have been unable to "Bork" him on any of the issues. Despite what were probably months of effort to find some dirt with which he could be "Thomased", they are left with only a vague feeling of distrust because of Roberts' unwillingness to declare himself a closet liberal.

The real fight will be over the next nomination. The NARAL ad campaign was only a taste of what is to come. The left came out with guns blazing when it seemed that Roberts would be replacing the swing vote of Justice O'Connor. When Rehnquist had the bad manners to die on them it was too late to pull their punches. If the Democrats vote against the moderate sounding Roberts, they will have no credibility with the public once they start crying wolf about the next nominee.