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The Sound of a Towel, Thrown

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One advantage of jet-lag is reading the morning papers at 1:45 AM, Pacific time. The Washington Post runs a story that concedes that Roberts will be easily confirmed absent some shocker that no one is predicting:

In a series of interviews in recent days, more than a dozen Democratic senators and aides who are intimately involved in deliberations about strategy said that they see no evidence that most Democratic senators are prepared to expend political capital in what is widely seen as a futile effort to derail the nomination.

Although Roberts will bring real change to the Court’s decisions –in 5 to 4 decisions where Chief Justice Rehnquist was in the minority and Justice O’Connnor in the majority I would expect a different result in similar cases, though it is impossible to predict– the Democrats and their pressure groups may have figured out that attacks on superbly qualified nominees of great character and obvious class will hurt their own reputations a great deal and that of the nominee not a bit. So despite danger to precedents such as the University of Michigan affirmative action cases, the Ten Commandments cases, and of course the 5-4 decision striking down the Congress’s law banning partial birth abortion, the Senate Democrats will make much noice, but very little heat, and the only light that is thrown will be of the sort that illumines their own far left politics on these and other issues.

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