I have a feeling that the base will be pleased with Bush's decision to nominate Justice Samuel J. Alito, Jr (nicknamed Scalito):
Bush to Nominate Alito for Supreme CourtHere's the Wikipedia entry for Samuel J. Alito, Jr, which will likely be updated as we learn more. He's 55 and reliably conservative. Oh, and he has all the credentials that the GOP elites require... Princeton as undergrad, Yale law school, etc. But, we'll certainly have a fight on this one... Let's hope that the GOP caucus gets behind this nominee. Losing this nomination would be a huge defeat.
Monday, October 31, 2005
WASHINGTON — President Bush, stung by the rejection of his first choice, will nominate Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, selecting a conservative federal judge to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, a moderate.
The choice, confirmed by two senior Republican official, was likely to spark a political brawl. Unlike the nomination of Harriet Miers (search), which was derailed by Bush's conservative allies, Alito will face opposition from liberal Democrats.
Bush planned to announce the nomination at 8 a.m. EST.
The White House hopes the choice mends a rift in the Republican Party caused by his failed nomination of Miers, and puts his embattled presidency on a path to political recovery. Democrats already put the White House on notice that a conservative judge such as Alito would create problems.
So consistently conservative, Alito has been dubbed "Scalito" or "Scalia-lite" by some lawyers because his judicial philosophy invites comparisons to conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (search). But while Scalia is outspoken and is known to badger lawyers, Alito is polite, reserved and even-tempered.
Check out Scotusblog, Confirm Them, Wizbang, and Michelle Malkin for more.
- There is no doubt in my mind that Schumer & Co will see this as extraordinary circumstances and a "dagger" at the heart of our country's judicial system and there will be a fillibuster. That's not even a tough call. The biggest question is whether the spineless 7 GOPers in the Gang Of 14 will get behind the nominee and stop the fillibuster. This will be interesting to watch, but a disaster if ScAlito never gets confirmed.
- Here are the talking points from the Left:
- Extremist on Abortion
- The base is supporting this nominee because he's white and male. Just Another White Guy from the Republicans.
- The timing of this is curious. No doubt Rove wanted the press off of his back. What did he know and when did he know it?"
Here's the initial response from the Lefties over at DemocraticUnderground:
Start the filibuster now
Refer to the nomination as "dead in the water". No point in even discussing the nomination. No point in even delving into the personal/professional history of Alito. It's all moot. He won't serve on the Supreme Court, so there's no need to even discuss the issue. Start the filibuster now.
Of course, they had a similar reaction when Miers was nominated, but this isn't just your standard kneejerk reaction to anything Bush does. In this case, there's a originalist track record to which they're reacting, not just the fact that he's nominated by a Republican. Fortunately, DUers and Kossacks don't sit in the judiciary committee or in the full Senate. Ooopppssss.... what am I talking about? The Duers, Kossacks, and MoveOn-ers bought & paid for the Democratic Party and have a lot of influence in the MSM.
And per my previous update, the DUers smell Rove behind the timing:
25. Tin foil hat being placed on head.
Has the criminal-in-chief chosen the nominee most likely to cause a ruckus in order to allow Fitzy's investigation to sink into the background? I hate the smell of Rove in the morning.
ARC: St Wendeler