Thursday, September 22, 2005

Roberts getting closer to confirmation

The voting has begun for the confirmation of John Roberts to the Supreme Court. From all early indications, Democrats are determined to show that partisanship is alive and well in the U.S. Senate:

John R. Roberts moved a step closer to confirmation as chief justice of the United States this morning as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee began casting their votes for the all but certain recommendation for confirmation by the full Senate next week.

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) the committee chairman, cast the first yes vote, saying that while Roberts said only what he had to say during the committee's hearings last week, he was generally satisfied with the answers the nominee gave.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) followed with a no vote, complaining, as she had last week, that Roberts had been unforthcoming in so many areas and had given unsatisfactory answers in so many others that she could not justify a favorable vote.

All 10 Republicans on the committee are expected to vote for Roberts today.

Among the eight Democrats, Sens. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) has already said he would vote no, along with Feinstein while ranking Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy plans on voting yes.

The votes of Democrats Sen. Joseph R. Biden (Del.), Russell Feingold (Wis.) and Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.), among others, are in doubt, judging from their comments during the hearings.