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November 01, 2005

Samuel Alito, Jr.

So far this is how the sides are being drawn up. On the right...

[James] Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family Action, said "perhaps the most encouraging early indication that Judge Alito will make a great justice is that liberal senators such as Harry Reid and Charles Schumer and leftist pressure groups such as People for the American Way and Planned Parenthood have been lining up all day to scream that the sky is falling."...

Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice and a consultant to the White House on court picks, said the choice shows Bush "has once again fulfilled his promise of choosing nominees to the Supreme Court who are in the mold of Justices (Antonin) Scalia and (Clarence) Thomas."...

Samuel B. Casey, executive director of the Christian Legal Society, the nation's oldest and largest membership association of Christian lawyers and law students, said Alito's "qualifications are outstanding."...

Brad Dacus, president of Sacramento-based Pacific Justice Institute, said Alito has "consistently interpreted the Constitution as it was written and does not legislate from the bench."...

Americans United for Life – a public-interest law firm focusing on abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide and human cloning – praised Alito's judicial record....

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said Alito's record demonstrates the integrity, impartiality and commitment to the constitution that are absolutely vital for any judge expected to serve honorably on the Supreme Court." ...

Alan Sears, president of the Alliance Defense Fund, said Alito repeatedly has "demonstrated support for following the text of the Constitution."...

The Christian Coalition of America describing Alito as "a strict constitutionalist in the mold of Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas," said Bush "has fulfilled his campaign promise."...

Stephen M. Crampton, chief counsel for the American Family Association's Center for Law & Policy, said the nomination is "a great step forward toward returning us back to a nation of laws and not of men." ...

...on the left...

People For the American Way President Ralph Neas, said President Bush "put the demands of his far-right political base above Americans' constitutional rights and legal protections by nominating" Alito....

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a group that routinely opposes religious expression in the public square, is calling Alito "an acerbic opponent of church-state separation." ...

Sounds pretty cut and dried to me.

I've been thinking about something, though...

The choice of a new Supreme Court justice is an extremely important one, punctuated by the un-Constitutional torture and execution of Terri Schiavo. Roberts may have been a stealth nominee in that his real judicial philosophy was so obscured it was almost unknown, but two such nominees would have been hard to find. In order to get another Justice of the quality of Scalia or Thomas, Bush would have to have a lot more on his side than just his own weight as president. He needed a much more vigorous support from Conservative. That Roberts didn't have, what Ann Coulter called, a paper super-highway, in a way tested the waters for the response of the Right. And they responded. It was mixed, but it did show that we didn't blindly follow the GOP nor Bush.

Then Bush threw us Miers. She was everything we complained about Roberts and more. We responded with outrage, and fiery condemnation, and after enough ire had been raised, she withdrew her nomination, and with an emboldened, enraged army of Conservative waiting for the next pick...

I can almost imagine Bush giving that trademark grin (that Liberal jealously call a smirk) a lift of the eyebrows, a slight tilt of the head, and holding up a silver platter draped by a silk cloth which he whips away to reveal, Samuel Alito, jr. His real choice all along. With Conservatives warmed to the fight, he now can double team the Liberals (who always do that anyway with the Elite Media) and usher in a Conservative court that will hopefully pull the nation back from the judicial oligarchy it was becoming.

Could Bush be that smart to plan that far ahead? The Liberals would scoff and say he's not smart enough...but then he's beaten their guy twice now, hasn't he.

Hmmmmm.

Posted by Danny Carlton at November 1, 2005 05:39 AM

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