Monday, October 31, 2005

Samuel Alito Nominated To Supreme Court

Now there's gonna be a fight; Democrat leaders have already given notice that they intend to obstruct Alito's confirmation. Perhaps that victory of process over conscience, the filibuster, will finally be abolished.

“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.
Alito has the reputation of being a strict constructionist, i.e., he believes the Constitution should be followed, not interpreted for phantom nuances. I agree, and point out that such a philosophy cuts both ways - Alito's constructionism is likely to lead him to rulings considered both "conservative" and "liberal".