Pat Leahy will support Roberts:
Patrick Leahy, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, announced Wednesday he will vote to confirm John Roberts for chief justice of the United States after leading senators met with President Bush to discuss candidates for a second high court vacancy.
The decision by the veteran Vermont senator dealt a serious blow to liberal efforts to mount significant Democratic opposition to the conservative judge who would succeed the late William H. Rehnquist at the helm of the court.
Leahy’s announcement on the Senate floor came shortly after he and three other senators met with Bush at the White House to talk about the vacancy created by the decision by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to retire.
Sanity from unexpected quarters.
And so will Chafee. Activists are distraught:
Update [2005-9-21 11:29:52 by Armando]: Leahy surrenders. Will vote yes on Roberts. Depressing betrayal. This signals that many Blue State Dems plan to vote yes. Incredibly stupid and HARMFUL to the next fight in my opinion. I will detail why I think so in a later post.
Update [2005-9-21 10:16:19 by Armando]: By Armando. I am shocked. Aren’t you?
This is precisely what is wrong with the current confirmation process. People actually think it is principled to vote against Roberts to set the stage for the NEXT confirmation battle.