September 24, 2005

Whose Conscience?

Here's what Howard Dean, erstwhile head of the National Democratic Party, has to say about the Democratic Senators voting for John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court:

"[H]ow will we win any battle if we don't stand up for what we believe and speak the truth? More importantly, how will Americans know what to expect from a Democratic Congress and Democratic president if we don't fight for our values at every opportunity? Democrats can disagree with Democrats in good faith -- and many do on this issue. But when political calculations silence our conscience, we have abandoned our true values."

But if Patrick Leahy says he is following his conscience in supporting Roberts, exactly whose conscience are we talking about?

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