Dean speaks out on pro-Roberts Democrats

"When political calculations silence our conscience, we have abandoned our true values."



Tim Grieve
September 24, 2005 12:01AM (UTC)

Minnesota's Mark Dayton and Indiana's Evan Bayh announced today that they'll vote against the confirmation of John G. Roberts, bringing the Democratic tally to 14 no, 11 yes and 19 still to go.

A lot of activists on the left are expressing their disappointment in the 11 Democrats who have announced their support for Roberts, and this afternoon Howard Dean is making it clear that he's disappointed, too. In a message to supporters, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee asks: "[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."


Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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