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Nan Aron President Alliance for Justice
Nan Aron“One wonders why, unlike some reported to have been on the president’s short list, Judge Roberts has the support of not only mainstream conservatives, but the radical right as well. �Let’s be clear: �Judge Roberts is not a stealth nominee, because the president’s inner circle knows his views well, even if Americans do not. �And given the administration’s track record of selecting ideologically-driven, divisive candidates for the bench, it would be unsurprising if Judge Roberts embraces a judicial philosophy that is insensitive to the rights and protections that, over the past century, have brought us closer to realizing the twin ideals of freedom and equality. �We hope he doesn’t.”
Ralph Neas President People For the American Way “We’re 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 � it will be extremely important for Senators and the American people to get answers to those questions. �Replacing O’Connor with someone who is not committed to upholding Americans’ rights, liberties, and legal protections would be a constitutional catastrophe.”
Wade Henderson Executive Director Leadership Conference on Civil Rights “We are saddened that President Bush chose the politics of conflict and division over bipartisan consensus. �While Judge Roberts may not have been on the Rev. James Dobson’s short list of pre-approved nominees, let’s be clear � John Roberts is no mainstream judge. “At first blush, John Roberts may not appear to be an ultra right judicial activist, but his approach to issues of protecting the rights and freedoms of individual Americans are, at best, unclear and, in some instances, deeply troubling. � “The public clearly opposes blatantly extreme judicial nominees. Perhaps this is why the President has chosen a candidate whose cover story avoids that label. �While in reality John Roberts may be a hard-nosed extremist with a soft conservative facade. In short, the President may have nominated a stealth candidate – a Justice Scalia or Thomas in O’Connor’s robes.”

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