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Meet Scalito

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 in Politics • Permalink

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