Alito A Poor, Right Wing Choice For High Court
Monday morning, the President proved he was insincere, choosing a right-wing appellate court judge, Samuel A. Alito, for the Supreme Court seat being vacated by the retirement of the moderate Republican Sandra Day O'Connor.
Alito has already proved himself to be biased against abortion rights, women and civil rights, by many opinions on the Third Court of Appeals. He would add to bias on what is already an unsatisfactory high court.
President Bush had an opportunity here to restore his reputation partially from what has been a disastrous second term in office, by picking a distinguished justice from the broad, middleground of sitting judges at lower levels.
Instead, he has folded to right-wing pressure among American evangelicals and proved he is as beholden to religious fanaticism almost as much as the Mullahs in Iran.
Should there be a filibuster? Of course, there should be. By naming another Catholic, this would make five on the Supreme Court, and the political strategy is clear. The President hopes Catholic Democrats will cross the line so he can get past the 60-vote margin needed to break a filibuster
In naming Alito, Bush is taking quite a risk, however. He's looking more and more like other failed Presidents, such as Herbert Hoover and Lyndon B. Johnson, past champions at wrongheaded mistakes.