Monday, October 31, 2005

I hate to say "I told you so" but . . .

Samuel Alito Jr. is much worse for the country than Miers would have been. . .

"Alito has earned the nickname "Scalito" for an Italian American heritage and conservative jurisprudence akin to Justice Scalia's. Law.com evaluates the nickname:

In some ways, the Scalito moniker hits the mark. In his 13 years on the 3rd Circuit, Alito has earned his stripes as a strong and intelligent voice on the growing conservative wing of a court once considered among the country's most liberal. As with Scalia, lawyers say that Alito's vote is easy to predict in highly charged cases. But where the nickname misses is temperament, or what some might call personality. Personality-wise, on the bench and in person, Alito is no Scalia. Though he's a frequent dissenter and not at all afraid to disagree with his colleagues, Alito's opinions are usually devoid of passion. And his tone during oral arguments is probing but always polite."

American Constitution Society

6 Thoughts:

Blogger Demotiki said...

There's something about Bush that's a little like a compulsive gambler. When he loses, he puts even more on the line and rolls the dice again. He's clearly in the most difficult spot and yet, he gambles that getting rid of abortion rights will energize his base.

I think he's being short-sighted again. He may shore up his base, but are these folks who don't believe in Darwin, Newton or the roundness of the earth really at risk of going Dem? I don't think so. On the other hand, fiscal conservative yet socially liberal Northeaster Republicans (you know, the types who give big bucks) are already reeling from his manifold failures. If Roe v. Wade falls, so falls the Republican Party. Right now it's an asset for the GOP, were it overturned, it would become a load-stone.

Monday, October 31, 2005 8:47:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

I think the word is "lodestone" as in a guiding ideological principle - and if this is what you mean, overturning RvW is already a lodestone for this flock of rightwing stool-pigeons.

If it were overturned, they'd scatter and flutter off to historical irrelevancy as the fruits of their decades-long obsession comes to pass. Metaphor salad, sorry.

The point is - I think Democrats have nothing to be afraid of other then their own lack of ability to stand up for what most of the country believes, namely: in a right to privacy and kicking the government out of our personal lives.

For all his competence, generosity, politeness, and other top-notch personal qualities, Alito is someone who believes that 10-year old girls should be stripsearched by police without a warrant to do so.

Any Democrat that supports this radical ideologue should be kicked out of the party, period. This is a "come to Jesus" moment for Democrats
and I will be disgusted if any of them sell out the American people and support this radical.

Monday, October 31, 2005 10:34:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Agreed, Paul. Now is the time to fight and fight hard. All signs are pointing to such a fight; Reid had already said that Alito's nomination would bring on a fight.

Every woman's group, civil rights group, and basically non-religious-right group will/should mobilize for this. Message: vote for this guy, and you're out in '06, '08, or '10 -- whichever applies. Period.

What I find hilarious is all those who say ideology has nothing to do with USSC choices. It has everything to do with it, and we all know that, right, left, and center.

If this guy gets through, we get what we deserve.

Viewings of Vera Drake might be a good way to start -- the false notion that making abortions illegal will actually save lives, fetal or female, is a fiction borne out by history.

Even Clinton is begging that the party take the GOP on re: abortion (Bill). If the arch-triangulator recommends, I can't see that anyone else in the party won't.

You'll see a likely filibuster and the right will have a constitutional crisis on its hands if it tries the nuclear option. But they will, if it comes to that.

Movement conservatives know that this is what they've been waiting for since Earl Warren, and certainly since 1973. They may not get another shot for years. They will go all out.

Get out your checkbooks.

Monday, October 31, 2005 10:58:00 AM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

I ment a "mill stone" or a "kind stone," or something like that. . .

Monday, October 31, 2005 11:04:00 AM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

I am all for a rumble, and I expect there's going to be one, but can we win.

Maybe this will be the straw that breaks the Elephant's back. We have all been waiting for something to win back the Reagan Democrats. This sort of foolishness might be just the trick.

Monday, October 31, 2005 11:06:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Hope you're right, Andrew. Three new links up top under Donate/Get Active.

Money will be needed; I plan to give. Spread it around. I'll make a new post with the URLs for easy e-mailing to whomever you know.

80% of America is with us on this one (if polls can be believed) -- and that's just on abortion rights! There's a lot more to it, but these three URLs are to NARAL, NOW, and Planned Parenthood. I'm sure the ACLU and other groups will get involved; feel free to list anti-Alito orgs under the new subheader I created...

Monday, October 31, 2005 11:19:00 AM  

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