Discussion in 'Politics' started by Annie, Oct 31, 2005.
Well.... there are some good signs about Alito
For starters, the Democrats HATE him! And are threatening to filibuster.... (I told ya' the Republicans should have struck down Senate Rule 23 i.e. supermajorities required for cloture votes)
Secondly, he's been compared to Scalia, in opinion, but not temperament (Scalia can be outspoken, whereas Alito is mild mannered) which can only mean
He's Italian!!!! Hey, Paisano!!!!
Does this (hopefully) mean our disaffected conservatives will come back to the fold?
"Judicial conservatives praise Alito's 15 years on the Philadelphia-based court, a tenure that gives him more appellate experience than almost any previous Supreme Court nominee. They say his record shows a commitment to a strict interpretation of the Constitution, ensuring that the separation of powers and checks and balances are respected and enforced. They also contend that Alito has been a powerful voice for the First Amendment's guarantees of free speech and the free exercise of religion.
Liberal groups, on the other hand, note Alito's moniker and say his nomination raises troubling concerns, especially when it comes to his record on civil rights and reproductive rights. Alito is a frequent dissenter on the 3rd Circuit, one of the most liberal federal appellate benches in the nation.
In the early 1990s, Alito was the lone dissenter in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a case in which the 3rd Circuit struck down a Pennsylvania law that included a provision requiring women seeking abortions to notify their spouses.
"The Pennsylvania legislature could have rationally believed that some married women are initially inclined to obtain an abortion without their husbands' knowledge because of perceived problems such as economic constraints, future plans or the husbands' previously expressed opposition that may be obviated by discussion prior to the abortion," Alito wrote.
The case ended up at the Supreme Court where the justices, in a 6-3 decision struck down the spousal notification provision of the law. The late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist cited Alito's reasoning in his own dissent."
I will NOT criticize this nomination. Now, if he'd do the same on immigration/borders, I will be less disaffected! Oh and a veto or two would help!
There are reasons NOT to criticize:
I'll be far less disaffected if the Senate Republicans tell the Senate Dem's to F off and approve him regardless Reid's and Shumer's whinings.
looks like Judge Scalito...i mean Alito will be a good choice
I also think the fact that the Judge is from the Third circuit in Philadelphia makes it alot tougher for Specter to challenge him. Of course Specter can be an idiot so who knows whether it will stop him.
On the Dem sites they are already talking about Filibuster moves. This is going to be fun to watch! Politics at its purist form.
looks like we are about to get the fight we've been looking for. It's about time. The President is listening to his base this time. It's time for us to kick butt.
"Samuel Scalito" has a nice ring as does "Machine Gun Sammy". :firing:
The Dimmos are already having catniption fits:
"On abortion rights, and based on a 1992 case in which he supported spousal notification, Alito favors more restrictions than either the Supreme Court has allowed or retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has supported."
"On gun rights, Alito in 1996 was the only appeals judge to vote against upholding Congress’ authority to ban fully automatic machine guns. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence sarcastically described “Machine Gun Sammy” as a “perfect Halloween pick.”
"In the Senate, Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said lawmakers must “find out if the man replacing Miers is too radical for the American people.”
“President Bush would leave the Supreme Court looking less like America and more like an old boys club,” Reid added, referring to the fact that Alito is neither a woman nor a minority."
"Sen. Patrick Leahy, the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called it a “needlessly provocative nomination. Instead of uniting the country through his choice, the president has chosen to reward one faction of his party, at the risk of dividing the country.”
"Given solid Republican support in the Senate — where the GOP controls 55 of the 100 seats — Democrats would have to filibuster to block Alito’s confirmation, a tactic that comes with political risks."
Bring it on!
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