Brownback (R-KS) Worried About Roberts

See below. I wondered if this guy wouldn’t get critics from the Right because of his thin record. While Ann Coulter’s comments might be a gambit to make it look like they were concerned in order to disarm us, this is a little more convincing.

But Brownback, one of the Senate’s leading social conservatives, has concerns about Roberts’ views on key issues, such as abortion. With only two years on a federal appeals court, Roberts’ judicial philosophy is largely unknown. While he did co-write a brief as a government lawyer urging that Roe v. Wade be overturned, Roberts told the Senate during his 2003 confirmation hearing that he considers the Roe decision “the settled law of the land.”

“There is nothing in my personal views that would prevent me from fully and faithfully applying that precedent,” Roberts told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Those are not words that warm the hearts of some conservatives.

“In the past, we’ve seen that if someone is not well articulated on a position, the tendency is to move left on the bench,” Brownback said, citing Justice David Souter as an example.

This is probably just a move to shore up Brownbacks wingnut bona fides. I’ve read a lot of places that this guy is conservative enough to those who know him personally. He’s got Dobson’s support. None of these things make me that enthused.

That would solidify my vote into a ‘no’ if I was a senator. I still can’t support a filibuster, because the odds are the next nominee is worse. Elections do have consequences. And I agree with whoever said that spending money on this fight is wasted–spend it on 2006 elections, so that perhaps–just perhaps–Democrats control the senate the next time a justice is appointed.