Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Alito Gets Partisan Thumbs Up From Senate Judiciary Committee

(underline added, my comments in italics)
In a party-line vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday
recommended that Samuel Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court be sent to the
full Senate for approval. The Senate is next to take up debate,
beginning Wednesday.

No surprise here. Whatever they may say, Washington could politicize anything. If some Democrats actually vote for Alito, they might lose political muscle for the midterms. The only Republican nominee they will vote for is someone either
a) a Liberal or
b) someone with no record so they can be innocent for constituents if they turn out (gasp!) Conservative.
In rare cases, they might vote for a minority or a woman.

Of course, to be fair, as Ann Coulter said, George Bush could nominate his dog Barney to the Supreme Court, and Conservatives would rush to defend him.
They assure Democrats, "don't worry, he won't overturn Roe v Wade", even though that is exactly what everyone but the weakest of Republicans wants.
It's a complete political circus.
I do expect Alito will be confirmed eventually. But watch out for a lot of maddening vociferous rhetoric from both sides.