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Kennedy's doubts on Roberts may prove right

Boston Globe
by Thomas Oliphant

09/29/05

Where the Supreme Court is concerned, Senator Edward Kennedy is different. Where most of us saw reassurance in John Roberts's confirmation hearing as chief justice, Kennedy saw spin. Where most of us saw the absence of a solid, evidentiary peg on which to hang a no vote, Kennedy saw the absence of a basis for a yes vote that is too important to be cast on traditional grounds of qualification and temperament. Where most of us saw a detail-dominated mind resembling a grounded conservative like Anthony Kennedy, Kennedy saw disturbing similarities to a revolutionary who masked his views 14 years ago: Clarence Thomas. The only suspense left is whether Roberts will exceed 70 yes votes, because the question has split Democrats (a compliment more to Roberts's skill as a witness than to President Bush's vision in nominating him)...

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