So, Leahy will vote for Roberts, after in his statement making a strong case against him. That's just fucking great. I'm not going to be eloquent on this one: get bent Senator Leahy. Anyway, this pretty much ends any hope of even achieving 34 No votes, which would have been the minimum possible requirement to claim victory and already be in a strong position to oppose the next nominee. We lost this one, and lost is pretty badly. I'm not going to have a detailed post-mortem on this one, but Liberal Oasis has a pretty good one:
"Sen. Min. Leader Harry Reid put the nail in the coffin of the already limp Roberts opposition yesterday.
He announced his personal opposition to Roberts, but it was empty posturing to keep the base in check.
He also announced that the nomination "do[es] not warrant extraordinary procedural tactics to block" it.
In other words, no filibuster and hello Chief Justice Roberts."
It is amazing that even when he is at 40%, we still can't mount a credible opposition to Bush and modern conservatism, otherwise known as whatever Bush does today.