Monday, October 31, 2005

One if by land, Two if by sea

With all the left wing forces mobilizing, the call is going out to conservatives... This is the fight we have been looking for, a chance for a solidly 5-4 court in favor of the right. Bells, whistles, sirens are all going off.

Sam Alito is the new nominee and one that we must get through. A second chance at the Supreme Court. If this one fails, all hell may break loose. He is a solid jurist, a strict conservative who has a paper trail. Bill Frist may have to use the nuclear option here and it appears that the GOP will have to close ranks to get it done.

Any ideas/predictions on the future of this nominee? From the timing, it appears that Alito will have his hearings until January. This would allow the media and the left to attack him for more than 2 months.

I believe he will be confirmed, the Gang of 14 will fail to 'save the Republic' again and filibusters will be taken off the table for Supreme Court nominees (or at least I hope this happens. I'm always game for a good fight).


Blogger Matt said...

I don't see the fight getting much ground. This guy is a lot like Scalia in ideology, perfect for the right, but like Roberts in personality. The thing about Scalia is that he goes out of his way some times to criticize the leftist judges, I love it but it can be controversial. Alito is very nice, he simply says I disagree and here is how I think it should be. My bet is there will be a lot of hooting and hollering and in the end 75-25.

10/31/2005 10:25 AM  
Blogger Nathan said...

This could be an interesting one...what a total difference between the previous nominee. At least one Gang of 14 member has said he will support Alito fully (Graham).

I think this could be a winning issue for the administration...if the dems really battle this one out-they will lose and this could then be seen as a major victory.

If Alito can come close to performing as well as Roberts in the proceedings, I don't see how he couldn't get through. It will be very interesting to see where Arlen Specter comes out (he will surely not block Alito from getting a full vote).

I know Ellis would like to see us go nukular here...I don't think it will happen-but there is no reason at all that Alito should not get a vote and in this case I would support it if necessary.

10/31/2005 10:44 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

I enjoy watching as the media at first was saying how great and qualified he seemed... let's remember this and see how the tide turns as, surely, they will find something to bitch about.
In the end, i agree he will be on the bench.

10/31/2005 11:24 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

BTW Nolan- I'm in Cbus all week working downtown, let's try to get together. I'm staying at the Hyatt.

10/31/2005 11:24 AM  
Blogger Nathan said...

We all know that the hearings are going to focus on abortion and almost nothing else...Planned Parenthood/NARAL are going to go nuts over this.

10/31/2005 11:32 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Early on it sounded like he dissented on an opinion that would have required "spousal consent" to have an abortion. Then I heard it required "spousal notification"

That's quite a different of terminology. The libs were talking about "taking us back to the 1800s" but I hardly think telling a father he has a baby that is going to be aborted is "primitive."

10/31/2005 12:05 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Steve, I will call you later we can figure something out. My week is pretty open.

You make a great point, I just read the case, and it is notification not consent. The point made by Alito is that by notifying your husband you can work through difficulties that might arise, but he never says and the law is specific in that it is only notification.

I know they will drag this all up, but I am interested to see how he has voted on other issues. I just read he upheld a man's right to own a machine gun. I don't know the specifics of the gun, but he was clear that use of the Commerce clause does not support banning private ownership of guns. This is great for 2nd Amendment supporters, but I feel more importantly a large indicator of how strict a constructionalist he is.

10/31/2005 12:22 PM  

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