by John Hawkins | November 1, 2005 9:41 am
Here are some of the more interesting early reactions to the Alito nomination from the right side of the blogosphere.
“I wanted President Bush to nominate someone like John Roberts, and I think Samuel Alito in fact deserves to be considered a stronger nominee than Roberts.” — Ann Althouse
“I have known Judge Alito for two decades. We served together in the Meese Justice Department, where he worked in the Solicitor General’s Office and was considered the sharpest of Charles Fried’s assistants. He is every bit as smart and personable as Chief Justice John Roberts. He is an expert on constitutional law. And he obviously has a longer judicial record, so his judicial philosophy is well-known. Judge Alito is soft-spoken. He is his own man (efforts in the media this morning to paint him as “Scalia-lite” or “Scalito” are intended to fire-up the leftwing base). If he is not qualified to serve on the Supreme Court, then no conservative is qualified.” — Mark Levin at Bench Memos
“You want a fight, Senator Reid? Bring it on! Reid must think consultation with the Democrats means that Bush has to nominate someone they approve of…Well, I’m glad that Democrats don’t approve of Alito.” — Blogs For Bush
“Let me say immediately I was disappointed he did not pick a woman. I realize many of you think it makes no difference, but I beg to differ. All people in important positions also serve as role models. If the president were to have picked a woman, a conservative woman of course, it would have sent an additional message that women can think in a variety of different ways. That is one reason why the Dems become especially apoplectic when it comes to women who dare to be different. It is the reason why Barbara Boxer treated Secretary Rice so badly during her confirmation hearing. They can not stand women who challenge the Left’s status quo, who dare to leave their plantation.
…Alito is indeed well qualified and conservatives should be very satisfied, but the president had a chance to do something even grander–nominating a conservative woman who would have been terrific on the Supreme Court while also sending a message to a contingent that is constantly sent a message from the Left that they can only ‘be’ a certain way.” — Tammy Bruce
“As if any more confirmation were needed that Alito is a fabulous pick, this piece reports that — predictably — the Democrats are unhappy about it.
…In particular, Harry Reid has completely lost any right to complain. He supposedly suggested Harriet Miers, then refused to endorse her. All the other Democrats tried to have it both ways, too. One can only surmise that their pettiness may well haunt them forever.
Now, Republicans have a unifying pick — one that has elicited more excitement everywhere on the right than Ms. Miers ever did. Let’s hope that the Democrats are as effective with regard to this nomination as they were with the last.” — Carol from Confirm Them
“I just got to a computer. I have been pushing Alito for the Supreme Court since the very beginning. I’m especially happy to see a nominee who does not appear to be reflexively opposed to reading the Second Amendment as it is written and originally intended.
Even the Gun Owners of America, a notoriously picky group, seems to support Alito. More than they did Roberts, at least.
I’ll have considerably more on Alito and everything surrounding the nomination, starting today, and continuing as the nomination process unfolds. One finial swipe at George Bush before I join the Bushbot Confirm Alito Team: How can you look at this nomination and not regard Bush’s previous comment that Harriet Miers was the most qualified candidate out there as the egregious bull-poofery that it was?” — Bill Quick From Daily Pundit
“My guess: After a week of fussing and some intense hearings, Alito goes on the bench with at least 65 votes and probably more like 70+.” — David Frum
“At the battle of Helm’s Deep in The Lord of the Rings, the Riders of Rohan, led by their King Théoden who, only days before, seemed incapacitated and unable to control his kingdom, are besieged and outnumbered by the forces of Saruman, orcs, half-orcs and wild men of Dunland. As these forces breach the fortress’s outer wall, it seems only a matter of time before they will break through the final gate, defeating Théoden and destroying his kingdom.
But, in his darkest hour, the good king fretted in what he called a “prison,” longing to feel again “the joy of battle.” Even as he fears the end, he will not be taken “like an old badger in a trap” so, instead of hunkering down, the besieged (and seemingly defeated) leader elects to go on the offensive.*
The great horn of Helm rings out and Théoden leads his loyal troops, riding out to take on their relentless foes. His troops rally behind him while their adversaries “cried and wailed, for fear and great wonder had come upon them with the rising of the day.”
So too has President Bush rallied his base with the nomination early this morning of Samuel J. Alito, Jr. as Associate Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court. I just spent a couple hours reading conservative blogs and news sites and discovered a unanimity of support for this good judge among writers who were only recently divided over the nomination of Harriet Miers.” — GayPatriot
“Democrats today must feel like Snidely Whiplash the cartoon villian whose plots to do in Dudley DoRight of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police always ended with a frustrated “Curses, foiled again!”
If Harriet Miers was a foul ball, the nomination today of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court is a home run of the titanic proportions of the one Albert Pujols hit against the Houston Astros in the playoffs.” — Irish Pennants
“It’s official: Bush has picked Samuel Alito to be the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court….This will be quite a battle. But with the power of the blogopshere to spread truth, and to hold the media’s feet to the fire, I have confidence that we will prevail. Mr. President, all is forgiven. We are with you all the way. To war!” — Patterico’s Pontifications
“Incidentally, some may be tempted to start a drinking game for every time you hear or read about the nickname “Scalito” or for every time you hear or read a misrepresentation of Judge Alito’s decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Of course, there is a strong possibility that with this drinking game will come a national cirrhosis epidemic, so perhaps it’s not the best of ideas.” — Pejman Yousefzadeh from RedState
“If you think you’ve heard apocalyptic rhetoric from the loons on the left prior to this, I’ve got news for you; the outpouring of invective, gloom, doom, and hand wringing on the part of liberals will make anything previously pale in comparison. Listening to them, you may be fooled into thinking that securing the nomination of Judge Alito to the Supreme Court will end all life on earth or, at the very least, cause the sky to blacken, the moon turn red as blood, the stars fall from their sphere’s in the sky, and the sun to grow dark. In short, even though many of the Moveon crowd would be angry at the comparison, their rhetorical excesses will evoke images from the bible, the Koran, and probably the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead.
I’m laying odds that the first commercial showing a pregnant woman slinking down a dirty back alley to be met at a door by a Dr. Frankenstein look-alike with a rusty saw in his hand will be out by next week. And don’t forget the weeping celebrities who will threaten to move out of the country if Alito is confirmed. This time, let’s send them one way tickets to to Kathmandu just to shut them up.” — Right Wing Nut House
“I think that at this moment, many, many conservatives, confident that the American people want judges to be judges, and not legislators, are stretching, flexing their muscles, and pounding the chest, whispering menacingly, “Bring. It. On.”” — TKS
“Samuel Alito is an absolutely excellent choice for the Supreme Court. In the immediate aftermath of his nomination, I suggest every person who thinks Alito is an improvement over Miers should call the Republican National Committee and donate and tell the person you talk to that you’re donating because of the Alito-for-Miers swap. It doesn’t matter if you donate only $5! The point is to let the Republican leadership know that if they make us happy, we’ll make them happy.” — What Now?
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