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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Samuel Alito – The Next Supreme Court Justice

Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito received an unanimous well-qualified rating from the American Bar Association, the highest rating the group confers. The ABA thoroughly investigates each nominee, conducting hundreds of confidential interviews of colleagues and thoroughly reviews a nominee's writings, before coming up with their rating.

"As a result of our investigation, the committee is of the unanimous opinion that Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. is well-qualified for appointment as associate justice of the United States Supreme Court," said Stephen L. Tober, chairman of the ABA panel.

"Judge Alito is right on track to become Justice Alito, and today's announcement of the ABA rating demonstrates what an overwhelming majority of Americans already believe, that Judge Sam Alito is unquestionably well-qualified to serve on our nations highest court," said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

“The ABA's highest rating won't stop some from attacking Alito. Unfortunately, the hard left groups decided long before these ratings were announced that they would oppose his nomination," said Senator John Cornyn. "And some Senate Democrats, including some who have previously described the ABA's evaluation as the gold standard, will now dismiss the rating as meaningless."

We haven’t been able to find the answer to this question – Which New Jersey Senator will introduce Sam Alito to the Senate? Frank Lautenberg who spoke in support of Alito’s confirmation as a federal appeals court justice with these words – “Alito has the experience and the skills to be the kind of judge the publicd deserves”? Or Jon Corzine, as a last hurrah in his senate career?

Introductions aside, Alito should be confirmed by the Senate without a problem, not that the Democrats won’t try to paint his confirmation as the beginning of the end to life in the United States as we know it. We’ve been watching old senate confirmations hearings lately on CSPAN and Democrats have been screaming the sky is falling during the questioning of each judge nominated by a Republican President.

The Democrats on the senate judiciary committee during the David Souter hearings were hysterical in their warnings. Civil rights would be returned to the dark days of the Jim Crow era and Roe was toast should Souter be confirmed to the lifetime appointment. We can only assume these theatrics are for the benefit of fund raising campaigns. The cast has essentially remained the same and the script varies little by nominee. Expect a rerun beginning next week.

Update: Here's a National Organization for Women flyer circa 1990. If you click on the link you'll see "STOP SOUTER OR WOMEN WILL DIE. " Sound familiar? Via: NRO



3 Comments:

At 6:57 PM, Blogger nick said...

While I believe that Alito is extremely qualified for the position, the Democrats will put up a good fight saying the court will be too favored to the right. I don't think its dead set that hes going to be the next justice, atleast until I begin to see how the hearings go.

- Jersey Perspective

 
At 7:15 PM, Blogger Enlighten said...

Nick,

The Democrats have made the same charge against every Republican nominee for SOCTUS. And as we so often hear from our friends on the other side of the aisle - 7 of the 9 Justices were chosen by a Republican President. Somehow Roe hasn't been overturned, civil rights haven't reverted to the dark days of Jim Crow, and the other dire wanrings have not come to pass. The Dems are beyond the "boy who cried wolf" and yet we will hear that this latest nominee is the one that will end life as we know it in the good ole USA.

 
At 11:17 AM, Blogger Jack said...

I think you exagerated the story of Souter's opposition a little. Only 9 of the 55 Senate Democrats voted against Souter's nomination to the Court in 1990.

- Jersey Perspective

 

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