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John Roberts is Chief Justice; Nay votes mirror Rehnquist's

Robertsvote1_1With a vote of 78-22, the United States Senate has chosen John Roberts to be the Supreme Court chief justice who leads America's highest court -- and, as a result,  society -- through the next three decades, assuming he is as long-lived as his predecessor and mentor, the late William H. Rehnquist.

The number of "no" votes was a minority, but it was not small, when placed in historical context. I found this graphic on UW Prof. Charles Franklin's blog, Political Arithmetik. As he notes,

"Roberts drew about double the opposition that recent appointees have faced, with the exception of Rehnquist and Justice Thomas, who was confirmed on a 52-48 vote in 1991."

Posted by Laurel Newby on September 29, 2005 at 01:32 PM | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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