It's Official: Pot Calls Kettle Black!
WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. John Kerry urged the White House on Friday to release "in their entirety" all documents and memos from Supreme Court nominee John Roberts' tenure in two Republican administrations.
"We cannot do our duty if either Judge Roberts or the Bush administration hides elements of his professional record," said the Massachusetts senator who was his party's presidential candidate last year.
Opening what is expected to be a broader attempt by Democrats to pry loose documents, Kerry issued his statement as Roberts made the latest in a series of courtesy calls on senators in advance of confirmation hearings.
Let me get this straight: John F. Kerry, who refused to fully release his military records during the '04 Presidential campaign, now is "urging" the White House to release "in their entirety", all documents and memos from John Roberts' tenure in two Republican administrations. Did I hear that right? John Kerry wants full disclosure?
I suppose it is ok to conceal records that might give the other side ammunition during a presidential campaign, but we must have full disclosure if the stakes are as high as (Gasp!) serving on the Supreme Court. I guess Kerry thinks the voters in the '04 Presidential Election should have been more than able to do their duty deciding who to vote for at the voting booth without all available information on him, but the Senate is too stupid to decide whether Roberts can serve on the Supreme Court without knowing what he will do when he is seated.
"The American people should know whether John Roberts will protect their constitutional rights if confirmed as a justice to the court," Kerry said in a statement.
Do you want the same information Ruth Bader Ginsberg provided to the American people, Mr. Kerry? She practically skated through the confirmation process without answering questions concerning how she would rule in the future and the White House didn't provide "full disclosure" on her. Kerry wants a different standard applied to Roberts than was applied to Ginsberg simply because Roberts is a conservative. Talk about hypocritical!