I endorse what Chris says in MyDD :: Complicity Doesn’t “Keep Your Powder Dry”,
If Democrats are unhappy with, but vote for, a stealth nominee with a miniscule record of actual rulings, who refused to answer any questions during his hearings, and who claims that everything he wrote and did in the past reflected the views of his clients and bosses rather than his own views, then how are they ever going to oppose these characteristics in any nominee in the future? If Democrats vote for Roberts, they will make it clear that they sanction the Bush administration to propose someone for O’Conner’s seat who also doesn’t have to have an actual record, and who also doesn’t have to answer questions.
If Roberts wasn’t a “conservative movement” insider Bush would not have nominated him. His work with the Federalist Society should be seen the same way working with the KKK would be seen, for many of the same reasons. Iran/Contra prosecutor Walsh, on the Federalist Society:
“It reminded me of the communist front groups of the 1940s and 1950s, whose members were committed to the communist cause and subject to communist direction but were not card-carrying members of the Communist Party,” Walsh wrote. [For details, see Walsh’s Firewall.]
Washington Democrats, how can you still not understand what the “conservative movement” is about? This is NOT normal times; these are NOT normal Republicans; this is NOT “politics as usual.” Al Gore voted to confirm Scalia to the Supreme Court. Think about that. Think about Scalia’s role in appointing Bush to the Presidency. It could be YOU next.