Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Roberts faces a hurricane in upcoming hearings

Democrats in the Senate believe they have found a new weapon to use in the coming Supreme Court battle over John Roberts -- Hurricane Katrina:

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats said yesterday that they will invoke the vast disparities in income and living conditions laid bare by the Hurricane Katrina disaster to sharpen their questioning of Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. at his confirmation hearings next week.

The scenes of devastation featuring primarily poor African-American residents in New Orleans have highlighted the widening gap between rich and poor, said Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts.

With Roberts having urged a narrow interpretation of civil rights laws in the past, Senate Democrats will link the scenes of economic hardship with the constitutional and legal issues that surround efforts to address racial and economic inequalities, he said.

No real surprise there. Where there is a tragedy involving water, Ted Kennedy is never far from the scene.

'We have made very important progress over the period of the last 50 years in knocking down walls of discrimination so that people can participate and be a part of a changed America," said Kennedy, a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. ''And he's going to be asked to explain some of his advice that would have, I think, undermined that progress in important ways."

Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said he, too, will pursue questions raised by Katrina in the Roberts hearings. In addition, civil rights leaders whom Democrats have called to appear at the hearings said they also intend to refer to the scenes from the hurricane-ravaged region.

I have never seen a political party that thrives so much off of the suffering of others. This strategy approaches the same guttural low as NARAL's recent attempt to link Roberts to the 1998 abortion clinic bombings. It also shows the depths to which democrats and liberals have sunk in their efforts to regain power. Do these Senators not realize that 6 out of 10 Americans are going to be watching these hearings? Keep it up guys -- you're making the other side look great.

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