Now It Begins
Over at Hoystory, it is noted that the Center for American Progress's statement on John Roberts' nomination to the Supreme Court is "wary, but responsible..."
So I started to look around to see the other lefty reaction:
People for the American Way--"People for the American Way is extremely disappointed that the President did not choose a consensus nominee in the mold of Sandra Day O’Connor. John Roberts’ record raises serious concerns as well as questions about where he stands on crucial legal and constitutional issues..."
Planned Parenthood--"President Bush's nomination last night of Judge John G. Roberts to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court raises serious questions and grave concerns about women's health and safety. This morning, Planned Parenthood staff and supporters, including the "Roe Rangers," gathered at the court to demonstrate that concern. Because Roberts has gone on record calling for Roe v. Wade to be overturned, it is imperative that the Senate conduct a thorough and independent review before approving a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court. Roberts must affirm his commitment to constitutional protections for women's health and reproductive rights." (I hope never to meet a "Roe Ranger" in a dark alley--or anywhere else.)
The ACLU--"The American Civil Liberties Union today expressed deep concern about some of the civil liberties positions advocated by Judge John Roberts, President Bush's choice to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court...'Without the Supreme Court, the South would still be segregated, illegal abortions would be claiming thousands of lives, the indigent would have no right to a lawyer, and lesbian and gay Americans could be imprisoned for their private sexual conduct...The stakes could not be higher,'"according to Anthony Romero, ACLU executive director. (This is ACLU-speak for "lying about the nominee is OK, since the ends justify the means, and we know what's good for you better than you do." It also links the nominee to heinous past events that have nothing to do with the matter at hand without actually accusing him of anything.)
NOW--"Bush Picks Anti-Roe Judge...Women's Lives on the Line" (No, I'm not kidding, that's what it says).
NARAL --"Help Save the Supreme Court From President Bush: Tell Your Senators to Oppose Anti-Choice John Roberts!... If Roberts is confirmed to a lifetime appointment, there is little doubt that he will work to overturn Roe v. Wade."
So for all those blogging out there today that this is going to be a slam-dunk winner and the lefties are going to be reasonable and responsible, guess again.