Thursday, August 11, 2005

The Roberts Nomination Flip-flop

This is just too ironic not to comment on. For weeks now, Republicans and wingnut groups have been deriding Democrats for wanting more information on John Roberts before confirmation hearings start in September.

But wait... Now there is information that Roberts might not hate fags and this is not sitting well with some on the right. Roberts was apparently on the side of the evil homos in Romer v. Evans, a court case that dealt with statutory legalization of bigotry towards homosexuals.

So, now that Roberts may not be the gay-basher that people like James Dobson and Tony Perkins were hoping for, they want - get this - more information on Roberts judicial philosophy.

Tony Perkins of the wingnut family research council thinks Roberts was "aiding and abetting," those nasty gay people. So, he now needs to verify Roberts is sufficiently bigoted enough for Perkins's taste.

Yet as Ronald Reagan said, "Trust, but verify." We plan to do just that as we will be heavily involved in the confirmation hearings.

But yet on July 27th he wrote:

Despite the Bush Administration's acquiescing to Democrat's demands and releasing 75,000 pages of documents, the left is still not satisfied. Seventy five thousand pieces of paper, according to the Wisconsin Paper Council, weighs close to 1,000 lbs - equivalent to the amount of paper you can get from one tree. My question is how many trees must die during this fishing expedition before the environmentalists are up in arms? I am not sure who the Democrats think they are fooling but it certainly isn't the American people


James Dobson has switched positions also on the August 8 edition of Hannity & Colmes

while the Democrats are going to try to find out what this man's judicial philosophy is, the Republicans have an obligation to do the same thing. We don't want to give him a pass here. I believe he's a good man. I believe the president has made the right choice. But the Republican senators need to vet him also, and I hope they will.


Sean Hannity has questions also expressed in his August 5th show.

You know, at this time, if you're asking if I support the nomination -- yes, but I certainly want to know more.

Hmmmm... is this a flip flop for Hannity, also? Lets look at the transcript of his August 1st show (just days before the horrific news of Roberts belief in equal rights)

They [Democrats] want documents handed over by him that no other Department of Justice person appointed to a court position has ever had to hand over.

They want questions answered that have never been answered before by a nominee. They want an abortion litmus test. And they want a religious litmus test...

But as I watch the process unfold, and I'm seeing there's no way Chuck Schumer, [Sens.] Pat Leahy [D-VT], [Joseph R.] Biden [D-DE], or [Richard J.] Durbin [D-IL] are ever going to vote for this man. So why would the White House turn over any documents and capitulate in any way to a bunch of hard liberal extremists? Why bother?

But now he wants to know more.


Oh, the irony... so biting... so sweet.

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