Friday, January 13, 2006

Alito-mania Redux

Sam Alito has received glowing praise from judicial colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Clinton appointee Maryanne Trump Barry had this to say:

He is a fair-minded man, a modest man, a humble man. And he reveres the rule of law.
If confirmed, Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. will serve as a marvelous and distinguished associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

This goes back to a previous post about judicial qualification. Case closed. Michelle Malkin has more on her excellent site.


You may have heard that Judge Alito's wife was driven to tears by the harshness of the Democrats' questioning. It was a tender moment, not lost on those of us in America that still have souls. Some angry Libs were very unkind, calling it a PR stunt, or making cruel personal comments about Mrs. Alito (as reported by Right Wing News). I know those people do not compose the entirety of the Democratic party, but their existence should give decent Democrats pause.


As Alito seems destined for confirmation, Senate Democrats were trying to slow the process down. Their opposition to such a qualified and scholarly nominee would seem to have implications down the road. Knowing that anyone he picks would be welcomed by the left with vituperation, Bush might be inclined to pick another Roberts or Alito if the opportunity presents itself before the end of his term. As Daniel Henninger explains in today's Opinion Journal piece, 'Borking' as means of preventing conservative judges from joining the High Court may be a thing of the past.


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