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Monday, July 25, 2005

Documents? Don't be silly. WHAT documents?

Right on the heels of the stalled Bolton nomination-- in which the GOP demanded that Democrats just vote yes and shut the hell up, comes the Roberts nomination. And you should expect to start hearing the same chorus right about now.

In fact, if you listen closely, you just might hear the sound of some tiny Republican voices grumbling about the process themselves. Why? Because once again, the White House has decided to withhold documents that deal with the background of the nominee in question.

Citing privacy and precedent, the Bush administration indicated Sunday it does not intend to release all memos and other documents written by Supreme Court nominee John Roberts when he worked for two Republican presidents.

The leading Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will conduct hearings on Roberts' nomination, disputed the assertion that privacy was at stake and called such a position a "red herring."

Roberts worked in the Reagan White House counsel's office from 1982-1986. He also was principal deputy solicitor general in the administration of the first President Bush.

According to Salon, these documents consist of "legal memos Roberts wrote while working for the Reagan and first Bush administrations, so we can't say where he stands on abortion, gay marriage, affirmative action, or anything else."