Graham Wants to Continue Building on Roberts, Alito Supreme Court
"When I nominated John Roberts and Sam Alito, there was no better ally than Lindsey Graham to see to it that these two good men were confirmed."
- President George W. Bush, 11/2/2007
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today said he agrees with Republican candidate for President John McCain's push for federal judges in the mold of Supreme Court Justices John Roberts, Samuel Alito, and the late William Rehnquist.
As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Graham played a leading role in confirming both Roberts and Alito to the Supreme Court.
Ed Gillespie, who was tapped by the White House to coordinate the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, called Graham a "hero" for his work in confirming Roberts as Chief Justice to the Supreme Court.
Gillespie said Graham "donned his hero's cape again" when he apologized to the wife of Samuel Alito for the shoddy treatment and lack of respect her husband was being shown by some Senate Democrats. Many called the apology a key moment in the Judiciary Committee hearings for Alito.
"I'm proud of the role I played in confirming John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court," said Graham. "They are distinguished jurists who will serve our nation with honor and distinction in the years to come. Their presence and votes on the court have already moved our judiciary in a positive direction.
"The next President will likely have the opportunity to appoint several more Supreme Court justices," continued Graham. "John McCain will nominate judges like Roberts and Alito. I proudly voted for both and will continue to vote to confirm justices in their mold."
The impact of Roberts and Alito on the highest court in the land has been immediate. Among the notable conservative changes brought forth by the addition of Roberts and Alito are upholding the ban on partial birth abortion and the recent case upholding an Indiana voter identification law.
National Review summed it up this way: "In its last term, the Supreme Court took tiny steps toward most conservatives' understanding of what the role of judges in our republic should be. The reaction from liberals has been hysterical."