Flabby thinking from Senator Kennedy

Ted Kennedy delivers a well-deserved insult to the intelligence of those who thought it worthwhile to read his op-ed about John Roberts in today’s Washington Post. Kennedy argues that it is imperative that the Senate receive Roberts’ papers from his time in the U.S. Solicitor General’s office. These papers are from the period 1989-1993. What makes the papers so important? Because Roberts’ earlier papers raise important questions as to his views on civil rights. “If Roberts continues to hold the views he appears to have expressed in the early 1980s,” Kennedy intones, “then his views on civil rights are out of the mainsteam, and the people have the right to know that.”
In other words, according to the Senator’s addled logic, we need to know what Roberts believed in 1990 in order to determine whether, in 2005, Roberts believes what he believed in 1984.
Why not just ask Roberts during his confirmation hearings whether he agrees with the various statements Kennedy finds objectionable? Kennedy’s staff should be capable of writing coherent questions for the Senator to read. But then, his staff should also have been capable of writing a coherent op-ed.


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