Thursday, July 21, 2005

The Associated Press: Democratic Filibuster of Roberts Unlikely

The Senate Democrats open with a feint. Suddenly, no one thinks a filibuster is likely. The Associated Press covers the story here. Observe:
"No one is entitled to a free pass to a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court," said Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, senior Democrat on the committee that will question the 50-year-old judge later this summer.

Abortion and access to internal government memos loomed as likely flash points as Democrats pointed toward the nationally televised proceedings, likely to take place after Labor Day.

Yet chances of a Democratic filibuster were fading.

"Do I believe this is a filibuster-able nominee? The answer would be no, not at this time," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., an abortion-rights supporter.
Easy words to say before the nominee has answered a single question. Let's see the Senator's disposition once Judge Roberts sits for questioning. By the way, check out the audio file featuring New York's senior Senator Chuck Schumer. Be ready to fall out of your chair laughing!