Monday, October 31, 2005

Alito A Poor, Right Wing Choice For High Court

On Sunday night, I wondered whether President Bush was entirely sincere when he placed a wreath beside Rosa Parks in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. He seemed to have a smirk on his face.

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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

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.

Ken, you are truly lost. Miers was manifestly unqualified. Did you read any of her writings? What I read sounded like it was written by a sophomore – a high school sophomore. Simply atrocious.

Look, I’m not an evangelical. I don’t even attend church. It was obvious to those of us on the left wing of the VRWC that she wasn’t supreme court material, and this was more important than fealty to the party. That is the principle distinction between the two parties. You would be hard pressed to find a similar example of principle over party on the other side of the aisle.

Is it possible that you could step outside and actually interview some people with differing opinions before you make these pronouncements? When did reporters get so damn lazy they merely repeat the talking points heard on the Sunday news shows?


10/31/2005 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i would love to know what you're smokin. cuz, this is simply a freakin laugh riot.

you haven't a clue.

10/31/2005 7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's good to know, Ken, that you're not only an idiot but also a bigot.

10/31/2005 9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Ken,

This is all because of you and people like you who wanted a macho frat-boy for president!

Bush made it 100% clear that he was going to appoint to the court justices in the mold of Scalia and Thomas. It was obvious that Bush was incompetent and had lied to the American people to get us into this war. It was obvious that he would appoint cronies to important positions like FEMA with disastrous results. And it was abundantly clear that Iraq is a disastrous distraction from the War against al Qaeda and the Islamofascists.

You voted for the idiot anyway. Now you, your children, and our country are stuck with him and his terrible decisions.


11/01/2005 10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geez, Ken, power-up your spell check. And get over this hysteria over Scotus nominees. You really looked whacky on the Roberts nomination and you're even worse this time around. Remember: a little moderation.

11/01/2005 3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For once, I agree with you. Alito is a slap in the face to American women. Truly disgusting. But of course, his nomination is nothing more than George W. Bush showing his true colors. And whom do we have to blame? All the people like you who voted for him.

11/01/2005 9:22 PM  

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