The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote today on the nomination of John Roberts as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, according to the Denver Post [September 22, 2005, "13,000 Coloradans petition senators on Roberts"]. From the article, "The Colorado Republican Party says it has collected more than 5,000 signatures backing Roberts and plans to send them next week to Salazar and Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., who supports the nominee...(U.S. Senator) Salazar said Wednesday that he had not decided how he'll vote. He has asked the White House for more records on Roberts' Justice Department work...Rep. Mark Udall, D-Colo., has no say on the issue. But he urged Senate Democrats on Wednesday to back confirmation."
Here's the coverage from the Rocky Mountain News [September 22, 2005, "Salazar unsure on Roberts vote"].
The Denver Post editorial staff is in favor of a Chief Justice John Roberts [September 22, 2005, "Roberts able choice for U.S. chief justice"]. They write, "...during last week's hearings, what we did learn was reassuring. Roberts put himself forward as a practical jurist who would bring an open mind and legal rectitude to his lifetime assignment. We favor Roberts' confirmation and expect he will perform ably on the high court and as chief of the federal judiciary."
Bull Moose: "What about consulting the folks who are in the check-out line at Wal-Mart and Target? The American people can only be perplexed by the near Pavlovian opposition to Roberts. How believable will the opposition be if the next nominee is truly a threat to the Republic? There are precious few statesmen and a slew of predictable panderers to parochial partisan interest groups. Democrats might consider trusting the people again."
Category: 2004 Presidential Transition