Roberts Can Be Stopped
by Chris Bowers, Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 07:43:00 PM EDT
"As you may know, President Bush recently nominated John Roberts to succeed William Rehnquist as the new chief justice of the Supreme Court. From what you've heard or read, do you think Roberts should or should NOT be confirmed by the Senate to serve as chief justice?"
Should Be Should Not Be Unsure 44 24 32"Are you concerned that President Bush's appointments will make the Supreme Court too conservative; OR concerned that the justices he appoints won't be conservative enough; OR are you not too concerned either way?"
Too Conservative Not Con Enough Not Concerned 31 10 53Less than half of the country is ready to see this guy confirmed, and that number seems to be dropping fast. There are a lot of minds still to be made up. Also, there are a lot more people concerned about the court becoming too conservative than there are those who worry it will not become conservative enough.
There are a lot of minds yet to be made. We can win this fight, and with Bush sinking like a stone, we can change the complexion of the next nominee. He has already at least partially backtracked on Michael Brown, and his political capital is running out fast. Even if we lose, we must succeed in portraying Roberts as a hard-right conservative in the mind of the public. If we fail to do this, Bush will be able to nominate any psycho conservative in the future he wants. Further, even if we lose, we muse get almost every single Democrat to vote against him. If the party can't stand up now when Bush is weaker than he has ever been, then we are pathetic.
It is time for our first major fight since Bush's numbers began falling off a cliff in late July. It is time to stand up.