Samuel Alito, Judge of the Thrid Circuit Court of Appeals, has been nominated by President Bush as the replacement for Justice O'Conner. He has held his current job for 15 years, making him the most experienced judge when appointed to the SCOTUS compared to the current 9.
Alito is Catholic, like Roberts, Thomas, Kennedy and Scalia. This would give the Pope a strong 5 vote majority of the Court.
He also has a wife and two naturally born children. There goes the new website idea.
Apparently liberals have a nickname for Alito: Scalito. This is seen, however, as racially insensitive according to some Democratic talking points. This confuses me on several counts. First, Republicans like Scalia. That would make this a positive nickname in their camp. Second, Republicans don't care about sensitivity, so who complained? Third, Democrats don't care about sensitivity if they are attacking conservatives. Just read any leftist site discussing black conservatives, and you will read every racial slur in the book to describe them.
A big thumbs up to President Bush on this one. Alito is no stealth candidate. He has 15 years of conservative opinions to give everyone some nighttime reading. He also has an accomplished resume.
Alito was U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey from 1987 to 1990. Alito was the deputy assistant attorney general in the Reagan administration from 1985 to 1987 and assistant to the solicitor general from 1981 to 1985. These are all positions that require knowledge of Federal law and Constitutional issues. Then there is that whole judge job.
Alito is the son of an Italian immigrant, but that does not necessarily mean he has ever killed anyone. He was born in Trenton and attended Princeton University. He headed to Connecticut to receive his law degree, graduating from Yale University in 1975. OK, so he went to the overrated Ivy League. You knew we'd get stuck with another one of them before this was over.
Alito will be attacked. He has voted in favor of certain state limitations on abortion, including as a Third Circuit justice in the infamous Casey case (spousal notification law prior to abortion). As abortion is the holy grail of left wing politics, his other opinions on any subject won't matter. Alito's opinion in Casey was overturned 6-3 by the Supreme Court, but Renquist quoted Alito's opinion in his dissent.
A Fox News summary of some of his decisions make him appear very sensitive to First Amendment rights, religious rights and immigrants. It won't matter.
Here is a collection of intial reactions.
Good job Mr. President. In Washington, you are always going to fight. I am glad that this time you decided it was better to fight your enemies rather than your friends.
I will be backing President Bush all the way this time.
QandO's Jon Henke tackles some of the lies and distortions already being spread by the Leftists about Alito's prior decisions. Check it out, and remember these points when you hear about Alito's Judicial opinions to require the beating of minorities and women seeking abortions.
A Holloween theme at Heigh-Ho.
The official Support Alito website of The Cheese to be named soon. Picture by spd rdr.