Alito Is Going To Be Confirmed, So Get Used To The Idea
From a New York Times editorial on Alito
“Judge Samuel Alito Jr., whose entire history suggests that he holds extreme views about the expansive powers of the presidency and the limited role of Congress, will almost certainly be a Supreme Court justice soon. His elevation will come courtesy of a president whose grandiose vision of his own powers threatens to undermine the nation’s basic philosophy of government — and a Senate that seems eager to cooperate by rolling over and playing dead.
…A filibuster is a radical tool. It’s easy to see why Democrats are frightened of it. But from our perspective, there are some things far more frightening. One of them is Samuel Alito on the Supreme Court.”
Here’s a reality check for the liberals at the New York Times and their counterparts in the blogosphere.
Whether you like it or not, Presidents get to select judges and even liberals should be willing to admit that George openly promised in 2000 and 2004 to appoint judges exactly like Samuel Alito.
Before Alito was sent up to the Senate, even some Republicans did not understand that he was predestined to be confirmed. However, with 55 Republicans in the Senate, a GOP base that was (and still is) rabid about judges, and 50 votes needed to confirm and/or pull the trigger on the nuclear option, the Democrats’ only chance was to turn the American people against Alito — and that was a tall order.
Not only had Alito been vetted to make sure he didn’t have any skeletons in his closet, there were a number of other factors that kept the Democratic campaign from getting any traction. The American people aren’t that interested in judicial apointments, they give the President a great deal of leeway in his selections, the conservative media and interest groups fought for Alito, the Ginsburg standard meant Alito didn’t have to talk much about anything of substance, and most importantly, liberals have been, “crying wolf,” since George Bush got into office, so why should the public believe them now when they claim Alito is such a rotten guy?
That’s why Alito is going to be confirmed and it’s why if another justice retires during Bush’s term, he’ll be able to appoint another textualist — just like Roberts, Alito, Scalia, and Thomas — to the court in his/her place.
So, get used to the idea, you libs…