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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

More Alito stuff

Shamalama (congrats on the new site) comments on how he is seeing the Alito hearings going. I liked the table, it was a great characterization IMO.


Important Issues For U.S. CitizensIssues Samuel Alito Is Being Grilled On During
The Senate Judiciary Committee Confirmation Hearings
illegal immigrationabortion
protection of the environment
the homeless
the war in Iraq
the cost of energy (oil/electricity)
homeland security
meaningful and sustained employment
international terrorism
budget deficit
poverty
family values
Social Security
welfare abuse
education
a stable economy
health care
tax burdens



Here's the scenario I see Democrats hoping for:

Kennedy: "Mr. Alito, if someone came to you with a case involving abortion, would you or would you not support that person no matter what?"

Alito: Abortion is wrong as the lord Jesus Christ says and therefore I will not support abortion cases, and I will do my best to overturn Roe v. Wade.


Here's the scenario they're getting:

Kennedy: "Mr. Alito, if someone came to you with a case involving abortion, would you or would you not support that person no matter what?

Alito: "I would weigh the facts of the case against the letter of the law and pay special heed to precident with impartiality, so your question isn't factually specific enough for me to answer."

Kennedy: "bushitlerhalliburtonwarforoil!!!"

I imagine it's driving them nuts that Alito has promised to uphold the existing laws rather than help them make new ones through the judiciary. It's pretty much the only branch left to them to get their ideas enacted since they can't seem to get or keep chairs in elected positions.

Also, it would seem that Alito's knowledge of supreme court cases is quite good. Democrats also seem to be worried about confirming Alito (I think) because Bush will get credit for another slam dunk for Supreme Court justice (nevermind the "air-ball" of Harriet Meirs). Paul says it best with this:

The Democrats are down to perhaps their final play in the Alito confirmation process, and it's going to be a Hail Mary. The Dems, led by Senator Kennedy, are going to rely on Judge Alito's membership in the conservative Princeton alumni group, CAP. But they understand that this approach, in itself, is a loser. Few care whether Alito joined such a group more than 30 years ago or listed it on a resume 20 years ago.


I can't imagine why else they would bring this membership thing up if not to try and smear his name or brand a swastika onto his forehead somehow. They are really reaching on that one and they know it.

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