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Obama and “Common Sense”


Senator Obama can now announce his support for Judge Roberts. The judge’s sisters say he has “common sense.” Senator Obama said earlier today that “good sense” is a more important qualification for a Supreme Court justice than being “smart.”

Here’s a rough transcript of the MSNB interview:

HOST: A few minutes ago Judge Roberts’s sister read a statement on behalf of their family.

PEGGY ROBERTS: My parents are extremely proud of their son and are thrilled with this moment. We are very close-knit family and take pride in the accomplishments of all our family members. However, this is currently number one on the list. John is a dedicated son, husband, father, brother, and uncle, and he takes these roles seriously and shines in each of them. Speaking on behalf of his sisters, we believe the best brother anyone could ever have is John. He provides us with his common sense, guidance, support, and wisdom whenever we need it.


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