by John Hawkins | October 31, 2005 8:46 am
Conservatives said, “No,” to Harriet Miers and decided to take a chance on what was behind Door #2 instead. Today, out of that door popped Samuel “Scalito” Alito, a man who will inspire celebration on the right.
Remember when Bush promised to give us judges like Thomas and Scalia? Well, Alito is so much like Scalia that some people actually call him, “Scalito.” The only way Bush could have gotten a candidate more like Scalia was to clone him.
Furthermore, you’d have to be intellectually dishonest to claim that Alito isn’t qualified to be on the court. We’re talking about a man who has been in the Army, a prosecutor, argued 12 cases before the Supreme Court, and has more than a decade of experience on the bench.
Plus, Alito is the quintessential American success story. Here’s a guy whose father came to this country as an immigrant and now his son, after working hard and doing the right thing all his life, is about to be appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. Is that beautiful or what?
You know, after Bush’s dad selected David Souter to be on the Supreme Court, there was a now infamous (to conservatives) conversation that took place:
“White House chief of staff John Sununu told Pat McGuigan, an aide to Mr. Weyrich, that the appointment of David Souter in 1990 would please conservatives. “This is a home run, and the ball is still ascending. In fact, it’s just about to leave earth orbit,” he told Mr. McGuigan.”
Folks, this nomination is the home run that John Sununu promised back then and the ball isn’t just about to “leave earth orbit,” it has already left orbit, smashed through a meteor, bounced off an alice space cruiser, and crashed into the moon where it left a crater the size of Grand Canyon.
George Bush, thank you for selecting Alito. Sam Alito, thanks for accepting. Now, it’s up to conservatives to fight for Sam Alito and make sure that he gets onto the court…
*** Update #1 ***: Unless there’s some sort of scandalous secret that hasn’t been revealed yet, Samuel Alito will certainly get enough votes to be confirmed to the Senate. That means the only way the Democrats can stop it would be via the filibuster. But one member of the Republican “Gang of 14,” Lindsey Graham is already tapping his fingers all around the button that launches the “nuclear option:”
“But Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, fired back Sunday, saying that if the Democrats staged a filibuster against Judge Alito or Judge Luttig because of their conservatism, “the filibuster will not stand.”
Assuming there are no defections, that puts the vote count for the nuclear option at 49, if necessary. Now, let’s see what the other Republican members of the “Gang of 14,” DeWine, Chaffee, McCain, and Warner in particular, have to say.
*** Update #2 ***: Mike DeWine is now on board with the nuclear option:
“I can’t believe anyone would believe this is a nominee that could be filibustered or that it would rise to the level of ‘extraordinary circumstances,'” said DeWine, one of 18 Senate Judiciary Committee members who will hold confirmation hearings on Alito. “If someone would filibuster, though, I would be prepared to vote to change the rules.”
Helllllllooooo 50 votes for the nuclear option!
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