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Meet Scalito
by Lee

I can dig it.

President Bush, stung by the rejection of his first choice, nominated conservative judge Samuel Alito on Monday to replace moderate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in a bid to reshape the Supreme Court and mollify his political base.

“Judge Alito is one of the most accomplished and respected judges in America,” the president said in announcing Alito’s selection. “He’s got a mastery of the law and a deep commitment to justice.” Bush exhorted the Senate to confirm his choice by the end of the year.

How to translate Bush: “One the most accomplished and respected judges in America” means “He’s not my lawyer, he’s got a clue what he’s doing, and he actually deserves the job I just offered him.” “A deep commitment to justice” means “He’s against abortion.”

The choice was likely to spark a political brawl. Unlike the nomination of Harriet Miers, which was derailed Thursday by Bush’s conservative allies, Alito faces opposition from Democrats.

“The Senate needs to find out if the man replacing Miers is too radical for the American people,” said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada.

How to translate Reid. “Too radical” means “Will vote against abortion.” “The American people” means “the feminists and abortion supporters who make up our political base and give us large donations.”

Posted by Lee on 10/31/05 at 10:32 AM (Discuss this in the forums)

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Posted by on 10/31/05 at 11:43 AM from United States

Reid also criticized Bush for not choosing a woman or Hispanic for the court. “He has chosen yet another federal appellate judge to join a court that already has eight justices with that narrow background,” Reid added. “President Bush would leave the Supreme Court looking less like America and more like an old boys’ club.”

Because true diversity comes from your skin color, or what you have between your legs.

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 12:00 PM from United States

A guest on NPR this morning was listing ways Alito could possibly harm women’s rights. One of the things mentioned was the Supreme Court could rule that Congress did not have the power to outlaw machine guns, which are sometimes used against women.

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 12:02 PM from United States

A guest on NPR this morning was listing ways Alito could possibly harm women’s rights. One of the things mentioned was the Supreme Court could rule that Congress did not have the power to outlaw machine guns, which are sometimes used against women.

Please tell me that wasa joke.
Posted by John Cross on 10/31/05 at 12:02 PM from United States

Alito tends to wax libertarian on abortion and some other things.....I like that as well.

Posted by Drumwaster on 10/31/05 at 12:09 PM from United States

A guest on NPR this morning was listing ways Alito could possibly harm women’s rights. One of the things mentioned was the Supreme Court could rule that Congress did not have the power to outlaw machine guns, which are sometimes used against women.

This has got to be a joke - I still can’t stop laughing…

God sez ‘World to be Destroyed’—Women and Children Hardest Hit

Posted by ? on 10/31/05 at 12:15 PM from United States

Am i the only one who thanks it is sad that bush needs to appoint a judge to start an right/left brawl.  how about a judge that all americans could support.  Do we really need a judge that agrees that a husband must be notified if his wife is getting an Ab.  Is over turning roe that important to the right because if they do it will start a fight that will go on for decades.  I just dont thank that is in the best interest of uniting are nation.

I guess i just think the right to an Ab is between a women, her physician, and god and the governmet should keep it nose out of it.  But again that kind of talk is leftist.

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Posted by on 10/31/05 at 12:21 PM from United States

You gotta love this!

The White House website has posted a few shots of the Alito family.

Look who they are standing under!!!!

President Nominates Judge Samual A. Alito

President Clinton!

The shot looks as if Clinton is supporting the Alitos.  I looks like Clinton has his hand on Alito’s daughter’s shoulder… Surprise, surprise.

I wish it was an intentional staging… designed to deliver a big f you to Dems!  Awesome…

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 12:24 PM from United States

This will be the nuclear option play,guaranteed.

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 12:37 PM from United States

Damn the man should be on the court just for that hot ass daughter

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 12:38 PM from United States

Am i the only one who thanks it is sad that bush needs to appoint a judge to start an right/left brawl.  how about a judge that all americans could support.  Do we really need a judge that agrees that a husband must be notified if his wife is getting an Ab.  Is over turning roe that important to the right because if they do it will start a fight that will go on for decades.  I just dont thank that is in the best interest of uniting are nation.

Now that’s a real joke.  A judge all americans can support?  Where have you been for the last 30 years?  No matter what you’re going to have a judge that will support or oppose abortion in some fashion.  That is an immediate divide no matter what.  Let’s face it.  The only way you could make liberals happy is if you had a gay, half-hispanic/half-black woman judge who doesn’t want to rock the boat on abortion.

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 12:38 PM from United States

Heh. Looks like the picture a liberal I knew in law school kept in her study area. Clinton was grinning real big, but JFK’s portrait behind Clinton was hanging his head and looking depressed. Classic!

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 12:40 PM from United States

Reid also criticized Bush for not choosing a woman or Hispanic for the court.

Isn’t “Alito” hispanic in origin?

His daughter is smokin’ hot...but you can tell she isn’t thrilled about getting fondled by the Clinton portrait.

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 12:44 PM from United States

Why the heck didn’t Bush nominate this guy in the first place?!?! It is like comparing an Athlon 64 X2 to a Pentium 90.

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Posted by on 10/31/05 at 12:45 PM from United States

Maybe in a perfect world dog but not in reality.
This isn’t just about abortion. Which seems to be the way that the left likes to portray the issue as being. Or the “Litmus test” that the Left swears up and down shouldn’t be used but use it the same when evaluating the choices.

For most of us it’s about appointing a Justice that will interperet the Constitution as it is written, not view it as a “Living, breathing document\” that can be “interpereted” to suit the issue du jour.

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 12:47 PM from United States

Judge Alito is of Italian descent (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_A._Alito,_Jr.)

As for a judge all Americans could support simply doesn’t exist. When the country is about 50/50 on abortion, at least half the nation is gonna disagree with yuh. Hopefully, he be as strictly originalist as Scalia and Thomas are and leave the states alone for the most part.

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 12:49 PM from United States

Do we really need a judge that agrees that a husband must be notified if his wife is getting an Ab.

That’s some dude’s kid in there. Shouldn’t he have the right to be part of the decision? If not, I guess you agree that fathers should not be held liable for support of kids they don’t want. Perhaps it’s not in the scope of the federal government to decide but I agree with him in principle.

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 12:51 PM from United States

Im looking at the people stacking up against him and if they are against him then more power to him...Je$$e was about to shit this morning

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 01:05 PM from United States

President Bush says Sam Alito “is a man of enormous character”.

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 01:05 PM from United States

I guess i just think the right to an Ab is between a women, her physician, and god and the governmet should keep it nose out of it.  But again that kind of talk is leftist.

With that logic I geuss slavery was an issue that was between the master, the slave and God and the government should have kept it nose out of that too?

Abortion is about a personal rights issue or even a property right, its about a human rights violation. Considering unborn children as objects rather than humans was the same logic used to justify slavery.

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 01:19 PM from United States

I have a 3800+ Athlon 64 X2.....

And two gigabytes of RAM

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 01:21 PM from United States

I have a 3800+ Athlon 64 X2.....

And two gigabytes of RAM

I don’t know why, but that just sounds naughty.

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 01:37 PM from United States

Well, we conservatives got our battle.  Let’s see how this all pans out.  I’ve got lots of popcorn.

The gang of 14 is they lynchpin.  They’re only interested in getting re-elected; they’re RINOs, and party loyalty means nothing.  Lindsay Graham is no exception, but since he’s from a more conservative state, and lost poll points when he joined the “gang” in the first place, he can get away with defecting from the “gang”, which he already alluded to doing this morning.

I don’t think President Bush will have to take the fall for this if Alito is filibustered.  I think that the gang of 14 will stop this nomination, although I hope not.  It will be interesting to see on whom skeptical conservatives (such as our host) will place blame if the pick is filibustered, or voted down.  Because this time, at least GWB got the choice correct.

TV (Harry)

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 01:51 PM from United States

Fox News just interviewed the Democratic Senator from New Mexico. Now, I may not have heard him 100% correctly, but I’m pretty sure he said something along the lines of:

“Why can’t we have a nominee that will interpret Constitutional Law in the same pattern as we have in the past few decades?”

Excuse me? He’s only acceptable if he (or she) follows in lockstep with the will of the liberals already appointed?

Fucking jackass.

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 02:10 PM from United States

I guess i just think the right to an Ab is between a women, her physician, and god and the governmet should keep it nose out of it.  But again that kind of talk is leftist.

yeah why should the father of a child know about his kid being killed? it’s not half his or anything like that, well yes it is when it comes to paying for the ittle brat, the father will have the government forcing him to pay child support and everything if the child lives..but if he wants any say in the abortion? hell no!

does that make any damn sense to you? i mean you can be for abortion, but to say both parents should not have any say?

it’s sick how far the left wants to push abortion, to make it like ordering a burger at burger king.

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 03:06 PM from United States

Wallywest: 

it’s sick how far the left wants to push abortion, to make it like ordering a burger at burger king.

No, the government won’t pay for your burger at Burger King.

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 04:13 PM from United States

Yea SVandals has hit it on the head...they want the government out of it except when its time to pay for it

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 04:29 PM from United States

No, the government won’t pay for your burger at Burger King.

good point, though given time i’m sure the democrats will come up with a plan for free burgers for everyone thus gaining the teen and fatso votes.

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 05:01 PM from United States

The gang of 14 is they lynchpin.

Correction:  The gang of 14 is THE lynchpin.

(Ebonics is my second language - can’t you tell?)

TV (Harry)

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 05:13 PM from United States

Too Radical = Not Castro, Stalin, Kennedy or Satan.

Posted by Drumwaster on 10/31/05 at 05:20 PM from United States

I don’t know, FDC, I think the Dems would HAVE to vote against Satan, because he’d be very harsh on criminals, with a very morals-based, judgmental mindset.

And we can’t have that

Posted by Miguelito on 10/31/05 at 05:45 PM from United States

Is over turning roe that important to the right because if they do it will start a fight that will go on for decades.

Start a fight?  WTF have you been for the last few decades since the Roe decision?  It’s been all smiles and friendly banter all this time?

Dumbass..

Me? I think abortion should be a right, in the first trimester (maybe 2nd.. definitely not 3rd or “partial birth”, unless it’s life or death for the mother due to medical complications).  Minors shoud have no right to abortion without either parental ok or the judicial review bit. 

My biggest problem is with people that use abortion as their birth control.. can’t be bothered to use protection, but don’t have any qualms about aborting a baby.

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 06:27 PM from United States

Me? I think abortion should be a right, in the first trimester

Me? I think slavery should be alright if we put the darkies down after they hit 40. They don’t work as hard and they will probably be happier being dead anyway.

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 06:37 PM from United States

Careful using the word “darkie” Dirk.

We have people on this site who are sarcasm deficient.

I used the word on another thread a ways back and the resident trolls went apopleptic. In hindsight, it was actually funny imagining the little vein in their foreheads throbbing.

Posted by Miguelito on 10/31/05 at 07:47 PM from United States

Dirk…

wow.. way to debate!  You sure nailed me on that one.. I guess I should just give up and go home.

Pfft.. nice try, not even close to the same issue.

I don’t believe in the “it’s a human life from the moment of conception” argument.  I’d dare say most people don’t.  Most people I know (and I think many people in the nation) are against the late term abortions, and especially things like the partial-birth abortions.  But don’t think that the option should be completely off the table forever.

We obviously disagree on this point.

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 08:45 PM from United States

I don’t believe in the “it’s a human life from the moment of conception” argument.

You may be right, you may be wrong, and that is the point. Who is really qualified to determine when life starts? Hell, no one can really tell you what life IS let alone when it begins.

So should a bunch of lawyers in Washington really have the right or even the ability to sit around and figure something like that out? Abortition law is bad law no matter how you cut it.

Posted by on 10/31/05 at 10:57 PM from United States

I don’t believe in the “it’s a human life from the moment of conception” argument.  I’d dare say most people don’t.

Well, it’s not canine life.  It’s not feline life.  What is it, considering that, if left unchecked, in nine months it becomes a human baby?

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