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How Some Senators Plan to Vote on Roberts (At Least 13 Dems Will Vote Yes)
Associated Press ^ | September 26, 2005

Posted on 09/26/2005 4:28:02 PM PDT by RWR8189

All 55 Senate Republicans are expected to vote to confirm John Roberts as chief justice of the United States. The 44 Senate Democrats are less unified, and independent James Jeffords of Vermont has not announced his position.

Democrats who have announced their support for Roberts (13):

Max Baucus of Montana, Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, Kent Conrad of North Dakota, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Bill Nelson of Florida, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Ken Salazar of Colorado.

Democrats who have announced their opposition (16):

Evan Bayh of Indiana, Joseph Biden of Delaware, Barbara Boxer of California, Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Jon Corzine of New Jersey, Mark Dayton of Minnesota, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Dianne Feinstein of California, Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, John Kerry of Massachusetts, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Barack Obama of Illinois, Harry Reid of Nevada, Charles Schumer of New York and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.

Democrats who have not announced how they will vote (15):

Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Tom Carper of Delaware, Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, Carl Levin of Michigan, Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, Patty Murray of Washington, Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, Paul Sarbanes of Maryland and Ron Wyden of Oregon.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 109th; bush43; confirmation; johnroberts; roberts; robertshearings; scotus; senate

1 posted on 09/26/2005 4:28:04 PM PDT by RWR8189
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To: RWR8189

DUmmies are not going to like that. Even if the Dems are doing this so that they can focus their resources on the next nomination. Strategy be damned!


2 posted on 09/26/2005 4:31:08 PM PDT by Simmy2.5 (There are more conspiracies at DU then there are on Coast to Coast AM.)
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To: RWR8189

Bush's only legacy will be who he gets on the SCOUS. The end, that's it.


3 posted on 09/26/2005 4:31:21 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: RWR8189
"Evan Bayh of Indiana"

I find that interesting.

4 posted on 09/26/2005 4:34:29 PM PDT by KoRn
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To: RWR8189
All of the Democrats voting for Roberts come from Red States and a number of them are up for re-election next year.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
5 posted on 09/26/2005 4:36:33 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: KoRn

Roberts should say "get lost loser" to whoever approaches him for the camera handshake even after they vote no...


6 posted on 09/26/2005 4:37:46 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Nothing fills the void of a passing hurricane better than government)
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To: RWR8189

So 55 republicans plus 13 dems so far...that'll do.


7 posted on 09/26/2005 4:38:01 PM PDT by dawn53
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To: RWR8189

The article omits one Democrat, George Voinovich, OH


8 posted on 09/26/2005 4:39:26 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: KoRn

You know he's running in "2008". He has to appeal to the moonbats.


9 posted on 09/26/2005 4:40:31 PM PDT by appleharvey
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To: KoRn
The only Blue State Senators voting for the nominee are Kohl and Feingold from Wisconsin. Harry Reid and Evan Bayh are the only Red State Democrats voting against Roberts.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
10 posted on 09/26/2005 4:42:27 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: RWR8189

So, in general, red state Democrats will vote Yes, blue state ones will vote No.


11 posted on 09/26/2005 4:43:43 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (Go Mike Pence, Operation Offset, and the Cleveland Indians)
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To: Simmy2.5

That's the strategy.

If they presented a united front against Roberts, they would have zero cred in opposing anyone else.


12 posted on 09/26/2005 4:47:35 PM PDT by Sometimes A River (Will the next President inherit George W. Bush's hurricane making machine?)
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To: goldstategop

Three come from blue states.


13 posted on 09/26/2005 4:52:25 PM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Please don't feed the tagline.)
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To: goldstategop
You forget Senator Leaky Leahy.
14 posted on 09/26/2005 4:54:33 PM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Please don't feed the tagline.)
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To: goldstategop; RWR8189; dubyaismypresident

That's 68 votes for John Roberts. The next nomination will be The Big One.

I hope that Bush and Rove have thought it out carefully and found a teflon nominee.


15 posted on 09/26/2005 4:57:38 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Jeanine Pirro for Senate, Hillary Clinton for Weight Watchers Spokeswoman)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I think Bush needs a fight to help improve his approval numbers and stoke up the base for 2006, which isn't looking so hot right now (and yes, I know it is early)


16 posted on 09/26/2005 4:59:09 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (Go Mike Pence, Operation Offset, and the Cleveland Indians)
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To: samadams2000
Roberts should say "get lost loser" to whoever approaches him for the camera handshake even after they vote no...

I'd bet that Judge Roberts has too much class to take that approach.

17 posted on 09/26/2005 5:01:49 PM PDT by Cobra64
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To: Clintonfatigued
I hope he picked Janice Rogers Brown and bought Frist some neuticles and a nuclear trigger.
18 posted on 09/26/2005 5:02:00 PM PDT by RWR8189 ( Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: Loyal Buckeye

LOL.....you mean crybaby voinovich


19 posted on 09/26/2005 5:06:25 PM PDT by OldFriend (One Man With Courage Makes a Majority ~ Andrew Jackson)
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To: RWR8189
All the yes rats are from states that are not safely Democrat except for Leahy but that is for the purpose of having some authority to reject the next nominee, two for this purpose in committee instead of just Feingold.

Feingold would be destroyed if Bush sends up a steady stream of conservatives that would be subject to rat rejection. It would hurt Democrats in a lot of ways if Bush did this but Feingold would be the first obvious casualty because the false perception of his bipartisanship would be destroyed.
20 posted on 09/26/2005 5:15:52 PM PDT by Jim_Curtis (How do we prevent someone from torching his city if he will be rewarded as a lottery winner?)
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To: KoRn
"Evan Bayh of Indiana"

I find that interesting"

Yeah, I liked him better before he got presidential aspirations.

21 posted on 09/26/2005 5:19:10 PM PDT by fat city ("The nation that controls magnetism controls the world.")
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To: RWR8189

I'll go way out on a limb here and predict the two from my state Murray and Cantwell will vote against. If forced to give reasons we'll hear about womens reproductive rights. Theres a very small chance Cantwell might surprise me, but their votes are pretty predictable.


22 posted on 09/26/2005 5:20:36 PM PDT by not_apathetic_anymore
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To: boomop1
Bush's only legacy will be who he gets on the SCOUS. The end, that's it.

The democratic constitution is fully in place and functional in Afghanistan, so at least that would be another legacy. It's too soon to say about Iraq (I'm on tenterhooks about next month's constitutional referendum there).

23 posted on 09/26/2005 5:25:19 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: dubyaismypresident

"I think Bush needs a fight to help improve his approval numbers and stoke up the base for 2006, which isn't looking so hot right now (and yes, I know it is early)"

You're going under the premis that he cares. I hope he doesn't care. He's doing what he thinks is right; making a few blunders along the way - it happens, but his approval ratings were at the voting booth and they would be again. These polls don't matter!


24 posted on 09/26/2005 5:31:11 PM PDT by Integrityrocks
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To: Unam Sanctam

The lasting legacy, people don't care a hill of beans about Iraq, Afghanistan and so forth, when the next administration comes up, it will be challenged with terrorism as we are now but this country has a problem remembering.


25 posted on 09/26/2005 5:36:13 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: RWR8189

Whatever happend to QUALIFIED??? </sarcasm>


26 posted on 09/26/2005 6:05:27 PM PDT by buffyt (America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people. Pres. George Bush)
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To: boomop1

"Bush's only legacy will be who he gets on the SCOUS. The end, that's it."

What about the war on terror?


27 posted on 09/26/2005 6:24:18 PM PDT by Reagan79 (Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys)
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To: boomop1

"Bush's only legacy will be who he gets on the SCOUS. The end, that's it."

Nothing about the expansion of freedom and democracy in the Middle East?


28 posted on 09/26/2005 6:25:11 PM PDT by Reagan79 (Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys)
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To: RWR8189
Democrats who have announced their opposition (16): Evan Bayh of Indiana, Joseph Biden of Delaware, Barbara Boxer of California, Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Jon Corzine of New Jersey, Mark Dayton of Minnesota, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Dianne Feinstein of California, Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, John Kerry of Massachusetts, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Barack Obama of Illinois, Harry Reid of Nevada, Charles Schumer of New York and Debbie Stabenow.

Democrats who have not announced how they will vote (15): Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Tom Carper of Delaware, Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, Carl Levin of Michigan, Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, Patty Murray of Washington, Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, Paul Sarbanes of Maryland and Ron Wyden of Oregon.

OK troops, here is the full list of RATs who need to be removed from office next time they run. Make the Roberts vote, and all that it implies, the reason these morons do not deserve to be in the Senate. If any of these people are running in the 2006 election in your state, organize now to remove them from office. Make Hitlery #1!

29 posted on 09/26/2005 6:30:44 PM PDT by Paulus Invictus
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To: RWR8189
>> Democrats who have not announced how they will vote (15): Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Tom Carper of Delaware, Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, Carl Levin of Michigan, Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, Patty Murray of Washington, Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, Paul Sarbanes of Maryland and Ron Wyden of Oregon. <<

My predictions:

FOR ROBERTS -
Maria Cantwell of Washington, Tom Carper of Delaware, Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia

AGAINST ROBERTS: Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, Carl Levin of Michigan, Patty Murray of Washington, Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Paul Sarbanes of Maryland and Ron Wyden of Oregon.

30 posted on 09/26/2005 10:09:50 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Find out the TRUTH about the Chicago Democrat Machine's "Best Friend" in the GOP : www.nolahood.com)
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To: BillyBoy
Your list is a tad optimistic (or perhaps naive, after all these ARE Democrats we're talking about.)
I'll eat my hat if Tom Harkin votes for Roberts for sure.
The only thing "red state" Harkin has ever deferred to was the Soviet Union.
31 posted on 09/27/2005 2:03:17 AM PDT by counterpunch
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To: Reagan79
I know, I love Bush, but the immediate wins will be the court. The Middle East is on going and will be a decided way down the road, no guarantees, they don't want peace over there they only want dead Jews.
32 posted on 09/27/2005 6:25:09 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: boomop1
Rino Sununu of New Hampshire said he will vote against Roberts
33 posted on 09/27/2005 2:09:16 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: BillyBoy
If Cantwell votes for Roberts, I am going to be surprised.

But, it may be a sign she is worried about her upcoming race due to residual irritation surrounding the Gubernatorial campaign. That would be a very good sign.
34 posted on 09/27/2005 2:16:00 PM PDT by pollyannaish
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To: Kaslin
Rino Sununu of New Hampshire said he will vote against Roberts

According to what I just saw today on cspan2's coverage of the Senate, there are NO Republicans who are going to vote against Roberts.

Also, the list of Democrats that cspan2 showed that will vote for Roberts has grown to 17:

Bingaman(NM), Byrd(WV), Baucas(MT), Conrad(ND), Dodd(CT), Dorgan(ND), Feingold(WI), Johnson(SD), Kohl(WI), Landrieu(LA), Leahy(VT), Levin(MI), Lieberman(CT), Nelson(FL), Nelson(NE), Pryor(AR), Salazar(CO)

35 posted on 09/27/2005 3:51:17 PM PDT by Susannah (http://www.tellthechildrenthetruth.com http://www.sperryfiles.com)
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