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Jewish World Review Sept. 27, 2005 / 23 Elul, 5765

A chance worth taking for Democrats

By Cokie and Steve Roberts


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Senate Democrats face several tough choices regarding President Bush's nominees for the Supreme Court. Should they vote against John Roberts for chief justice, even if he's headed for an easy confirmation? And how should they handle the replacement for Sandra Day O'Connor, who could alter the direction of the court for decades?

In our view, Democrats should support Roberts, who has proven to be a highly qualified if overly opaque nominee. By demonstrating their goodwill, Democrats would then be in a better position to influence O'Connor's successor.

As Sen. Arlen Specter, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, put it, the goal for progressives should be to "maintain balance" on the court. Bush won the election, promising to name conservatives to the bench, and he's going to do that. The question is: what kinds of conservatives? Reasonable consensus builders or hard-line ideologues?

Backing Roberts won't alter the court's "balance," since he would replace a like-minded jurist, the late William Rehnquist. And by breaking the vicious cycle of partisanship that grips Washington today, Democrats might even help their cause by eliciting a similar gesture from the president.

In particular, Democrats should be pressing the president to replace O'Connor with a woman or a minority whose life experience and frame of reference is not limited to the Ivy League schools, government agencies and high-toned law offices that have shaped John Roberts' entire adult life.

We do not believe that the administration's halting response to Hurricane Katrina was rooted in racism. But the racial tensions exposed by the storm are deeply troubling, and Bush should keep that in mind when he chooses the next justice. The High Court needs a uniter in the O'Connor mold, not a divider.

This strategy carries risks for Democrats. In his congressional testimony, Roberts was as secretive as he was smooth, and we understand why The New York Times would publish an editorial opposing him as, as the headline put it, "Too Much of a Mystery."

But precisely because Roberts was not forthcoming on many issues, such as legalized abortion, perhaps he was leaving room for flexibility and even growth. The keepers of conservative orthodoxy would lacerate any nominee who explicitly strayed from the hard-line views advanced by the current Court's true believers, Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.

Just look what happened to Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, who dared to show a slight degree of independence on the abortion issue as a state judge in Texas. Right-wingers have scorned him as the second coming of Harry Blackmun, the Nixon appointee who authored Roe v. Wade.

In fact, to the extent that Roberts did respond to questions, his answers were "mildly reassuring" to Democrats, notes Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.). He endorsed the right to privacy, the basis for the Roe decision, and stressed the importance of maintaining precedents and preserving legal stability. As a result, Roberts' testimony gave some conservatives fits. Like the Times, they consider him too much of a mystery.

We also understand why liberal interest groups are hammering Democratic senators to maximize the vote against Roberts as a signal to the White House that progressive forces are ready to battle Bush's next nominee to the death. Democratic leader Harry Reid admits he was "very swayed" by the groups to oppose Roberts while conceding the nominee would get "plenty" of Democratic votes.

It's time for other Democrats to show some independence from these groups. They would probably hate any nominee proposed by this president, a man they deeply despise. Like similar groups on the right, they profit from conflict and bitterness. That's how they stay in business, raising contributions by raising tempers. But elected lawmakers should have a different agenda. The choice to replace O'Connor is too important.

There are no guarantees here. Since his first year in office, Bush has shown absolutely no interest in working with Democrats, who have responded with obstinate partisanship of their own. But the Bush of today is not the Bush of even a few months ago. He is far weaker. In the latest USA Today poll, only two out of five Americans approve of his overall performance, and only one out of three support his Iraq policy.

Perhaps this weakness will make the president less arrogant and more accommodating. Perhaps taking responsibility for the disastrous federal reaction to Katrina reflects a newfound humility. Democrats would be taking a chance by voting for Roberts and extending a hand to the president. But it's a chance worth taking.

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