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President Bush nominated Appeals Judge Samuel Alito to replace Sandra Day O'Connor for associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) as his second choice after Harriet Miers withdrew her name from consideration last week.
Alito has credentials that are darn near perfect for a seat on SCOTUS. He's been an appeals court judge for 15 years up in New Jersey. He's argued a dozen cases in front of the hight court and he clerked for the appellate courts also. He's been a federal prosecutor. It's safe to say he knows the job as well as anyone could going into the nomination process. The problem is, ideologically, he falls into classic "just right of Hitler" category.
He's the kind of candidate many conservatives wanted and really, the liberals did too. Now, we will be subjected to an ad campaign rivalling a presidential campaign with similar amounts of money. I'd say call my senators but that's would futile. Honestly, Mitch McConnell may have moment to really shine. With Bill Frist and his own problems, McConnell can really work the masses to make sure Senators are towing the line. This could set the stage for Mitch becoming majority leader in 2007. And everyone knows Jim Bunning does what he's told.
The Washington Post had a great feature discussing the matter. It goes into a lot of detail.
posted by Stithmeister @ 2:20 PM
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The argument that the nomination of Judge Alito is divisive apparently does not wash. See The Christian Prophet blog:
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