Bench Memos

Pinocchio Schumer

In 2003 Senator Schumer, along with Kennedy and Durbin, voted in the Senate Judiciary Committee against favorably reporting John Roberts’s D.C. Circuit nomination to the Senate floor. (There was not a roll-call vote on the Senate floor.) Yet today, according to an unofficial transcript of his speech on the Ginsburg Standard, Schumer stated:

“I continue to have an open mind about John Roberts and look forward to the hearings. I believe my fellow Democrats have an open mind, as well. . . . And let me make it clear, this is not a coy posture or political posture.”

No, it’s a blatantly mendacious posture.

Ed Whelan — Ed Whelan is a leading commentator on nominations to the Supreme Court and the lower courts and on issues of constitutional law.

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