This morning’s Washington Post has a letter by Warren Belmar that makes a good point:
While Democratic Sens. Patrick J. Leahy (Vt.), Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.), Richard J. Durbin (Ill.) and Edward M. Kennedy (Mass.) speak of the short judicial record of John G. Roberts, Jr. [“Democrats Say Nominee Will Be Hard to Defeat,” front page, July 21], it should be noted that:
*If Judge Roberts’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in May 2001 had not been blocked by the Democratic-controlled Senate, we’d have two more years of judicial opinions to review.
*If Judge Roberts’s nomination to the D.C. Circuit in 1992 had not been blocked by the Democratic-controlled Senate, we’d have 13 years of judicial opinions to review.
Complaints about a scant paper trail are like Lizzie Borden asking for mercy because she is an orphan.