In a rare appearance since his 2004 loss of his Presidential bid, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) requested the White House make all of Supreme Court Nominee John Roberts' documents and memos public. Senator Kerry cited that if these documents were made public, the process of nominating or not nominating Judge Roberts would be easier. The bulk of these documents are contained at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. Judge Roberts served in the White House counsel's office from 1982-1986. Following that, he became the principal deputy solicitor general in George H.W. Bush's administration. Ironically, one of the files that Senator Kerry wishes for himself and the rest of the Senate to see is entered as "Specter, Senator". Senator Specter (R-PA) is the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and headliner in the nomination process for Judge Roberts. While Senator's on both sides of the spectrum seem optimistic about the nomination process, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) recognized his down vote for Judge Roberts two years ago for the appeals court appointment. Senator Durbin, already under fire from Republicans and Democrats for his comments on Guantanomo Bay, cited the Judge Roberts did not fully answer Senators' questions.
Senator Durbin also requests Judge Roberts to be "forthcoming and honest with his answers." While some Senators' such as Senator Durbin may complain, Republican Senators Mitch McConnell (KY), Jeff Sessions (AL) and Tom Coburn (OK) remained "upbeat" after meeting with Judge John Roberts. An attorney in private practice during the 2000 Presidential Election, Judge Roberts went to Florida to aid Governor Jeb Bush, President Bush's brother. Democratic officials are also looking to see details of what Judge Roberts' job was there. An important nomination, Judge Roberts, if nominated, will replace Judge Sandra Day O'Connor, an historically decisive and swing vote. Judge Roberts, a likely conservative voter, will certainly sway the court among liberals and conservatives.