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Alito Seen as Carrying the Torch of Reagan
LA Times ^ | 1 February 2006 | David G. Savage

Posted on 01/31/2006 4:38:57 PM PST by Aussie Dasher

WASHINGTON — Twenty-five years ago, President Reagan came to Washington with bold plans to move the Supreme Court to the right.

He and his lawyers wanted a high court that would uphold state laws that impose the death penalty, restrict abortion and allow a greater role for religion in public life. They favored property rights over environmental regulation, states' rights over broad federal authority and executive power over Congress and the federal courts.

Now, with the Senate about to confirm Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., a second generation of Reagan disciples stands ready to fulfill the former president's vision for the court.

Senators voted 72 to 25 Monday to cut off debate and end a filibuster against Alito's confirmation, and are expected to approve him today as President Bush's second Supreme Court appointee.

Alito, like Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., was drawn to the conservative ethos of the Reagan administration in the 1980s. Both men worked in Reagan's Justice Department and as advocates for the administration before the Supreme Court.

This year, both were promoted for the high court by a network of former Reagan lawyers, including his onetime attorney general, Edwin M. Meese III, who hold influence with the Bush White House. And some of Reagan's former advisors see the elevation of Roberts and Alito as the culmination of a long drive to put Reagan's conservative stamp on the high court.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: alito; conservatism; justicealito; liberalnightmare; reaganlegacy; ronaldreagan; scotus
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Ain't it great to see liberals squirm?
1 posted on 01/31/2006 4:38:58 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher
Alito Seen as Carrying the Torch of Reagan

The Left will just say he's going to use it to burn down a black church.

2 posted on 01/31/2006 4:40:48 PM PST by atomicpossum (Replies must follow approved guidelines or you will be kill-filed without appeal.)
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To: atomicpossum

Say what you want about Bush, but these guys are home runs. Of course, Miers was a double play grounder.


3 posted on 01/31/2006 4:42:24 PM PST by Luke21
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To: Aussie Dasher

They're more than squirmin'! LOL


4 posted on 01/31/2006 4:43:14 PM PST by Fruitbat
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To: atomicpossum

The Left will just say he's going to use it to burn down a black church.
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Excellent! and you are probably right! The ThugoRats are such pathetic slobs and losers. They are doing their best to dismantle America and they are finding that the majority of REAL Americans don't want that to happen. Loving every minute of it.


5 posted on 01/31/2006 4:43:25 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: Aussie Dasher; Brett66

Yes, squirm and run back under their rocks. Another 30 or 40 years of solid conservative leadership should put their kind to rest for good, I hope.


6 posted on 01/31/2006 4:46:48 PM PST by phoenix0468 (http://www.mylocalforum.com -- Go Speak Your Mind.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

For once I sincerely hope the LAT is right.


7 posted on 01/31/2006 4:47:10 PM PST by Spok (Est omnis de civilitate.)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Alito Seen as Carrying the Torch of Reagan

We know! That is why America supports him so much.

8 posted on 01/31/2006 4:49:52 PM PST by NeonKnight (We don't believe you, you need more people.)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Now, with the Senate about to confirm Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., a second generation of Reagan disciples stands ready to fulfill the former president's vision for the court.

Reagan disciples. I like the way that sounds.

9 posted on 01/31/2006 5:02:11 PM PST by Moonman62 (Federal creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it)
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To: Aussie Dasher
God Bless Ronald Reagan


10 posted on 01/31/2006 5:02:28 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Aussie Dasher

11 posted on 01/31/2006 5:03:22 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

God bless The Great Ronald Reagan.


12 posted on 01/31/2006 5:03:32 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

13 posted on 01/31/2006 5:04:49 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Aussie Dasher
The number one way that Americans can affect the population of the USSC is by their choice for POTUS. They have voted for Conservatives in 5 of the last 7, and 7 of the last 10 elections. Why are Liberals so shocked that the Court is FINALLY shifting to the right?!
14 posted on 01/31/2006 5:10:45 PM PST by SoCal_Republican (Bubbleheads for Bush)
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Who were the Senators that voted AGAINST?


15 posted on 01/31/2006 5:13:08 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Luke21
...but these guys are home runs.

Hypothetical game.

Ten years from now, Constitutionalists are hating the extreme leftward slide of a)Scalia, b)Thomas, c)Roberts or d)Alito. Which is it?

16 posted on 01/31/2006 5:13:41 PM PST by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: atomicpossum
LOL!

Great line!

:0)

17 posted on 01/31/2006 6:33:04 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham ("Liberals aren't neighborhood people." -Daniel Patrick Moynihan)
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All of the Democrats, save Conrad, Johnson, Nelson, and Byrd, plus the disgraceful pseudo-Republican Lincoln Chaffee.
18 posted on 01/31/2006 6:34:41 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham ("Liberals aren't neighborhood people." -Daniel Patrick Moynihan)
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To: Onelifetogive
Ten years from now, Constitutionalists are hating the extreme leftward slide of a)Scalia, b)Thomas, c)Roberts or d)Alito. Which is it?

Clarence Thomas is the only judge who IMHO puts the Constitution first and foremost in his decisions. Scalia's not as bad as the other five [the two aditions are too new to judge], but of the judges predating the latest appointments, Thomas is the only one who really deserves to be there, IMHO.

19 posted on 01/31/2006 8:21:30 PM PST by supercat (Sony delenda est.)
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To: Luke21
I agree. I am pleased with Bush's court appointees.

Now the borders, that's another issue.

20 posted on 01/31/2006 10:24:03 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (None genuine without my signature - Jim Beam)
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