"Massive Hemorrhaging"?

My initial thoughts on the nomination of Alito for the Supreme Court are quite positive. Just as Senator Harry Reid's endorsement of Harriet Miers made me a bit nervous, today's reaction to Judge Alito makes me very happy.

Here are just a couple of reassuring endorsements:

"Rather than selecting a nominee for the good of the nation and the court, President Bush has picked a nominee whom he hopes will stop the massive hemorrhaging of support on his right wing. This is a nomination based on weakness, not strength." --Senator Ted Kennedy

"The nomination of Judge Alito requires an especially long, hard look by the Senate because of what happened last week to Harriet Miers. Conservative activists forced Miers to withdraw from consideration for this same Supreme Court seat because she was not radical enough for them. Now the Senate needs to find out if the man replacing Miers is too radical for the American people."--Senator Harry Reid

"Judge Alito's reputation has only grown over the span of his service...He has a deep understanding of the proper role of judges in our society. He understands that judges are to interpret the laws, not to impose their preferences or priorities on the people." --President Bush

Time will tell. However, this is shaping up to be the fight we anticipated for the right person for the job. We went to the polls for this very moment. We elected this president in order to place men and women who would apply the constitution--not their views and not international law--to the cases before them. This is worth fighting for.


At 10/31/2005 07:12:00 PM, Anonymous david said...

You're right. I can't believe that this guy is the second choice behind Miers. It's time to put it on the line. Let's see where everyboby stands and let the chips fall where they may. Let the gang of fourteen see what they can do. Let them try a fillibuster and let's see if the nuclear option gets triggered. Let the Democrats try to tear him down. Let all the special interest groups take ads against him. This is what democracy is all about. Let us revel in it.

At 10/31/2005 08:17:00 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I hope the President's request that he be voted on by the end of the year is granted.

At 10/31/2005 11:11:00 PM, Anonymous Doom said...

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At 10/31/2005 11:18:00 PM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

re: deleted comment
I generally do not remove any comments from my blog. This is an open forum. However, I will not tolerate disrespectful and inappropriate language. It is for that reason that I deleted the above comment.

At 10/31/2005 11:45:00 PM, Anonymous aj4runner said...

Mark Levin on Judge Sam Alito:

Things to Know About Alito
[Mark R. Levin 10/31 07:48 AM]

Sam Alito has spent his entire professional career defending the Constitution. The president and Alito deserve our strong support. It is clear the media this morning are urging Democrats to fight this nomination, not that they need that much encouragement. We are already hearing the usual superficial analyses about how Judge Alito will vote on specific issues, and so forth. We must be prepared to explain and defend our judicial philosophy, and contrast it with the left's lawlessness.

I have known Judge Alito for two decades. We served together in the Meese Justice Department, where he worked in the Solicitor General's Office and was considered the sharpest of Charles Fried's assistants. He is every bit as smart and personable as Chief Justice John Roberts. He is an expert on constitutional law. And he obviously has a longer judicial record, so his judicial philosophy is well-known. Judge Alito is soft-spoken. He is his own man (efforts in the media this morning to paint him as "Scalia-lite" or "Scalito" are intended to fire-up the leftwing base). If he is not qualified to serve on the Supreme Court, then no conservative is qualified.


At 11/01/2005 04:06:00 AM, Anonymous Dave Lucas said...

It seems as though no matter WHO President Bush brings forward, SOMEONE is going to have a problem with it. If Sam Alito gets passed over, something is very wrong!

At 11/01/2005 05:10:00 AM, Blogger Travis Fell said...

The filibuster compromise from last spring only delayed the inevitable showdown, as I blogged about here.

Indeed, this is the Manichean duel to the death we've been spoiling for, but all of us who treasure self-government and the Constitution must be as up to the task as the President. It will require unflagging calls, letters, blog posts, encouragement to others to do the same, and prevailing prayer for all our leaders. Let us move steadfastly together into the storm and through the storm.

At 11/01/2005 05:53:00 AM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

aj: Levin's perspective is extremely valuable. he's a no-nonsense lawyer.

dave l: you're exactly right. enough with partisan politics.

travis: i agree. the "compromise" of the gang of 14 felt much more like selling out the base.

At 11/01/2005 06:30:00 AM, Blogger Goat said...

I will say, conservatives, Mount Up and Forward, Hooooooooo! The fight is before us that we desired, time for battle. My spine tingles as I think of it. It is time to shove secular socialism back where it belongs, hidden under rocks in Russia. I do not want to live in Europe, I live in the USA, land of the free.


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