October 31, 2005

The Democrats Like Alito, or They Did.....

Marc Comtois

The President has nominated Third Circuit judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court, by all accounts a jurisprudential conservative. Before the liberals start getting wound up, it's useful to recall that back in 1990, when he came up for a seat in the Third Circuit during a time when the Democrats controlled the U.S. Senate, he was unanimously confirmed by the Democrat-controlled Judiciary Committee. According to NRO's Bench Memos) Ted Kennedy said Alito has “a distinguished record” ... “[w]e look forward to supporting you.” Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) said of Alito that he is “the kind of judge the public deserves — one who is impartial, thoughtful, and fair.” By all accounts what they said then still applies now. Let's keep this in mind in the days to come.

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Chaffe is in trouble over this nomination -- vote to confirm, lose the left of center vote -- vote against confirmation kiss goodbye the Republican base that he and the NRC have been trying to get with the Laffey attack ads -- tom

Posted by: tom at October 31, 2005 1:59 PM

I really don't see how Sen. Chafee could vote against this nomination under almost any circumstance, barring something totally unknown at this point. If you're trying to win a hotly-contested GOP primary, it would seem fairly obvious that it'd be a bad thing to vote againt the President at this point, esp. considering the fight that's likely ahead. Again, knowing Linc, never say never! Glad I'm not him!

Posted by: Will at November 1, 2005 2:38 AM

I hope both our Democratic Senators vote against the nomination. What is the difference between the to Democratic Senators on this Nomination.
Senator Jack Reed, you know where he stands to the left he is not happy with this nomination. Our other Democratic, Sentor Chaffee, is having trouble with his decision " uh oh uh I can not decide what i am going to do uh oh uh this is troubling" He is worse than Bill Clinton, May be he should take an opinion poll to find out what he should think. Or maybe he should do something Ronald Reagan would do " Grow A pair of Cahonas and take a stand." May be one of our bloggers who is on the inside and not using there real first name could relay the message.

Posted by: Fred on the Blog at November 1, 2005 7:37 PM