Monday, October 31, 2005

Right on cue

Bush to nominate Alito to Supreme Court

President Bush will today nominate Samuel Alito, a long-serving appeals judge with impeccable conservative credentials, to the Supreme Court, according to reports.

Judge Alito, 55, is an experienced court practitioner who has sat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit since 1990, since being nominated by President Bush's father. But his right wing views may mean that he too experiences a rough ride on the way to the Supreme Court.

Conservatives are expected to welcome the nomination of Mr Alito, a former District Attorney from New Jersey, whose decisions have earned him the nickname of "Scalito", in honour of the famously trenchant and conservative Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia.

Mr Alito was the original favourite to replace Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is to retire. There was surprise when President Bush announced that instead he was choosing to name Ms Miers, on October 8.

He has been dubbed the "darling of the conservative movement" for some of his opinions, most notably his lone opposition to a decision in 1991 in which his court struck down a Pennsylvania law that required women to inform their husbands before seeking an abortion.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said yesterday that Mr Alito’s nomination would "create a lot of problems."

Mr Bush will be desperate for Mr Alito's nomination to proceed smoothly. His approval rating is at its lowest level since 2000 and his administration was damaged further last week by the embarrassing withdrawal of Ms Miers and the indictment of Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's top adviser, on perjury charges.

If nothing else, you have to give President Antimidas credit for being pathologically rigid consistent. With his approval numbers down the shitter, the architect and overseer of a corrupt, treasonous administration, a failed, bogus war in Iraq and economic policies geared solely toward filling the pockets of his cronies with the middle class's cash, pulls out the only trick in his bag: start another fight.

Don't let the MSM and the right wing echo chamber frame the opposition to his nomination as nothing more than a bunch of cranky liberals throwing a tantrum. Alito's name should never be mentioned without also mentioning his radical vote in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Remember--a majority of Americans support a woman's right to choose. This is a radical, activist judge who does not recognize a fundamental right to privacy.

And take comfort in the knowledge that Patrick Fitzgerald surely does not give a rat's ass about Chimpy's misdirection play. Even if he can't take down Turd Blossom quickly, his pit bull approach to putting Scooter in stripes promises to keep Plamegate front and center for months to come.


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