People for the American Way opposed John G. Roberts' nomination to replace Sandra Day O'Connor. It has just announced that it opposes his nomination to replace Chief Justice William Rehnquist, too.
PFAW says it opposed Roberts' confirmation as O'Connor's replacement largely because of his "hostility to the laws and remedies that protect Americans from discrimination and his longtime efforts to restrict the role of the courts in upholding Americans' rights and legal protections." Although Rehnquist was no O'Connor when it came to such protections, PFAW says that Roberts is still an "unfit" replacement for the chief justice.
"The events of the past week have only underscored that we need Supreme Court justices who value the role of the courts in protecting individuals' rights and freedoms, who understand the nature of discrimination and its continuing impact on our country, and who will uphold the role of the federal government in preserving those rights and acting to protect the common good," PFAW said. "John Roberts' record makes it emphatically clear that he does not meet this standard."