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  • Semi-News: Kennedy & Kerry Say They Will Filibuster Alito Nomination

    01/30/2006 7:30:06 PM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies · 351+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 27 Jan 2006 | John Semmens
    Senators Kerry and Kennedy (D-Massive) vow to filibuster the vote on Samuel Alito’s nomination to the Supreme Court. “Mr. Alito did not serve in Vietnam,” said Kerry. “He’s never been shot at, never killed anyone. I can’t respect a man of my generation who’s done neither. Since there apparently will be enough votes in the Senate to confirm Alito, we have no choice but to work to prevent a vote.” “During his entire judicial career, Judge Alito has never shown that he understands the plight of the drunk and disorderly,” said Kennedy. “These unfortunate souls need sympathy. All Alito has...
  • In Alito, G.O.P. Reaps Harvest Planted in '82

    01/30/2006 1:30:00 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 37 replies · 1,461+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 30, 2006 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    Last February, as rumors swirled about the failing health of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, a team of conservative grass-roots organizers, public relations specialists and legal strategists met to prepare a battle plan to ensure any vacancies were filled by like-minded jurists. The team recruited conservative lawyers to study the records of 18 potential nominees — including Judges John G. Roberts Jr. and Samuel A. Alito Jr. — and trained more than three dozen lawyers across the country to respond to news reports on the president's eventual pick. "We boxed them in," one lawyer present during the strategy meetings said...
  • Kerry Plays The Race Card

    01/29/2006 10:41:36 AM PST · by george76 · 52 replies · 2,512+ views
    National Review ^ | 01/27 | Wendy Long
    Democrats — at least those seeking the Democratic nomination for president and those who are desperate for money from extremist Left deep pockets — are trying to "out-Liberal" each other on the Alito nomination, even when it is clear a bipartisan majority of senators intend to make the Judge Alito "Justice Alito" in just a few days. John Kerry, after launching the first international filibuster from the slopes of the Swiss Alps with the help of Ted Kennedy, gave a speech earlier on the Senate floor that rivals Kennedy’s 1987 smear of Judge Bork. Kennedy claimed that in “Judge Bork’s...
  • The Lessons of Alito (It's important to remember one thing: quality matters)

    01/28/2006 11:24:16 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 29 replies · 1,008+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 6, 2006 | Terry Eastland, for the Editors
    WITH SAMUEL ALITO ABOUT to be confirmed, it's time to take stock of this particular episode in the making of a justice, the nation's 110th. Bear in mind that Alito was not President Bush's first choice to succeed Sandra Day O'Connor. The estimable John Roberts was, but when Chief Justice William Rehnquist died, Bush decided to redesignate Roberts for the center seat. That meant finding another nominee for O'Connor's seat.As it happened, Bush surprised the world by naming White House Counsel Harriet Miers. The Miers nomination proved a major blunder. Bush had opted for a person he knew well who...
  • Alito filibuster? ‘Not likely,’ Democrat says (Biden, Reid, Akaka, Dorgan Don't Support Filibuster)

    01/27/2006 7:28:38 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 48 replies · 1,306+ views
    MSNBC ^ | January 27, 2006
    WASHINGTON - Senate GOP leaders plan to confirm Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito early next week after dealing with a filibuster threat from Democratic die-hards who worry that the conservative judge would swing the court too far to the right.A final vote making the New Jersey jurist the nation’s 110th Supreme Court justice was scheduled for Tuesday morning, only hours before President Bush begins his State of the Union address to Congress and the nation, if Alito’s bipartisan supporters succeed in rounding up 60 votes to cut off debate on Monday.<SNIP>A Democratic senator who plans to vote against Alito’s confirmation,...
  • Small world, isn't it Splash? (background information on Mrs. Alito's tears in the hearings)

    01/20/2006 9:54:55 AM PST · by dead · 109 replies · 5,740+ views
    I have an interesting tidbit of information to share. My old college roommate's mother is friends with Judge Alito's mother. They go to the same church in Roseland, New Jersey. Well, the judge's mother shared something with her that hasn't been in the papers and may bring a different perspective to those tears Alito's wife shed in the hearing. It seems Judge Alito's wife (the former Martha-Ann Bomgardner) has had personal reasons to dislike Senator Kennedy since long before Splash's shameful treatment of her husband. Long ago, the Senator was also less than kind to girl whose family was friends...
  • Senator Ted Kennedy and Mrs. Alito’s Tears

    01/26/2006 10:22:20 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 496 replies · 12,526+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 27 January 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    On 12 January, 2006, the New York Times ran an article entitled “Thrust into the Limelight, and for Some A Symbol of Washington’s Bite.” It was a mini-biography of Mrs. Martha-Ann Alito, and it purported to explain the reasons for Mrs. Alito’s tears during her husband Samuel’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. It blamed them on a follow-up question by Senator Lindsay Graham, rather than on the verbal savaging of Judge Alito by the Democrats on the Committee, led by Senator Ted Kennedy. The Times should have gotten the story right, because one of the three reporters on...
  • RNC Response To John Kerry’s Call For A Filibuster Of Judge Alito’s Nomination To The SCOTUS

    01/26/2006 3:38:26 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 59 replies · 2,628+ views
    Contact: Press Office 202-863-8614  “To even suggest a filibuster against a nominee as qualified as Judge Alito reflects a philosophy so out of touch that it’s bordering on reckless. The judicial confirmation process, particularly one for the nation’s highest court, should be insulated from such thoughtless bomb throwing in an effort to remain relevant. One can't help but wonder if the consummate candidate was for Judge Alito, before he was against him.”-Tracey Schmitt, RNC Press Secretary SEN. JOHN KERRY (D-MA) CALLS IN ALITO FILIBUSTER FROM SWITZERLAND“Sen. John Kerry Has Decided To Support A Filibuster To Block The Nomination Of Judge Samuel...
  • Senators in Need of a Spine (NY Times Editorial Board Urges Filibuster Alert)

    01/25/2006 9:18:51 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 85 replies · 1,788+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 26, 2006 | The Editors
    Judge Samuel Alito Jr., whose entire history suggests that he holds extreme views about the expansive powers of the presidency and the limited role of Congress, will almost certainly be a Supreme Court justice soon. His elevation will come courtesy of a president whose grandiose vision of his own powers threatens to undermine the nation's basic philosophy of government — and a Senate that seems eager to cooperate by rolling over and playing dead.It is hard to imagine a moment when it would be more appropriate for senators to fight for a principle. Even a losing battle would draw the...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 1.25.06

    01/25/2006 3:06:18 PM PST · by GretchenM · 272 replies · 3,379+ views, ^ | Wednesday January 25, 2006 | GretchenM
    Our American president went to the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade, Maryland, to speak with staff and address the press there. Click here for text of his remarks. He also spoke with former clerks of Judge Alito's. Laua Bush oversaw the "Coming Up Taller Awards" in the White House, an initiative of the U.S. President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities overseen by the first lady. This is for after-school events that promote the arts in youth. Welcome to Sanity Island!
  • Majority of Senators Vow to Vote for Alito

    01/25/2006 1:12:44 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 40 replies · 1,456+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 25, 2006 | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON - Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito won commitments from a majority of senators Tuesday, assuring his eventual confirmation and making a rightward tilt of the court likely.  On the same day Alito won a 10-8 party-line approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee, five Republicans announced that they would vote for his confirmation in the full Senate, pushing him over 50 votes in the 100-member chamber. Fifty Senate Republicans, plus one Democrat, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, have publicly committed to vote for Alito through their representatives, interviews with The Associated Press or news releases. No Republicans have opposed him and...
  • In Case You Missed It: Former DNC Chairman, Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA) Supports Judge Alito

    01/24/2006 6:49:28 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 41 replies · 892+ views
    From Fox News' "Fox News Live" January 24, 2006Former DNC Chairman, Governor Ed Rendell [D-PA]: "I Believe He's A Qualified Judge. He Sits On The Third Circuit Court Of Appeals In Philadelphia. I Don't Know If You Know This ... My Wife Is A Third Circuit Court Judge."Fox News' Bill Hemmer: "I'm Aware Of That, And Your History In Philadelphia Should Give You Pretty Good Knowledge Of Him."Rendell: "Right. She Has A High Opinion Of His Integrity And His Academic Standards. She Disagrees With Him On A Number Of Cases And Agrees With Him On Some. I Disagree With A...
  • Democrats Don't Need Hearings

    01/24/2006 7:56:57 AM PST · by ConservativeGadfly · 19 replies · 1,238+ views ^ | January 23, 2006 | Kay Daly
    Democrats don't need hearings Jan 23, 2006 by Kay Daly Judging from the microseconds between President Bush’s announcement of Samuel Alito to be the next Supreme Court Justice and the hysterical howls from the multitude of leftist organizations in the quickly formed anti-Alito chorus, it is clear that no matter how Judge Alito performed in the hearings, the Left would not be remotely interested in a fair confirmation process. It has been this way since the beginning of the Bush administration. President Bush’s hand was barely off the Bible in his first term when liberal legal activists, such as Abner...
  • Judge Alito's Radical Views (NY Times Whines and Cries)

    01/22/2006 11:46:10 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 88 replies · 1,755+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 23, 2006 | The Editors
    If Judge Samuel Alito Jr.'s confirmation hearings lacked drama, apart from his wife's bizarrely over-covered crying jag, it is because they confirmed the obvious. Judge Alito is exactly the kind of legal thinker President Bush wants on the Supreme Court. He has a radically broad view of the president's power, and a radically narrow view of Congress's power. He has long argued that the Constitution does not protect abortion rights. He wants to reduce the rights and liberties of ordinary Americans, and has a history of tilting the scales of justice against the little guy. As senators prepare to vote...
  • Statement by Chairman Martinez on Salazar's Decision on Alito

    01/20/2006 4:00:56 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies · 778+ views
    Colorado Republican Party ^ | January 19, 2006 | Chairman Bob Martinez
    “Sen. Salazar is nothing more than a partisan pawn who is simply toting the party line of the extreme liberals within his party. The excuses he offers for opposing Judge Alito’s confirmation are transparent and reek of partisan politics. Sen. Salazar claims that he thinks Alito will move the court ‘out of the mainstream of American law’ – to Salazar I say, this vote is certainly out of the mainstream of the Colorado voters. This sort of liberal behavior makes me wonder if Sen. Salazar remembers which voters he represents – liberal Massachusetts’ or Colorado’s?
  • National Black Justice Coalition Releases Ad Featuring Justice Thomas and Judge Alito

    01/18/2006 8:06:01 PM PST · by Chickenhawk Warmonger · 35 replies · 1,962+ views
    Washington -- A leading black civil rights group is releasing a new advertisement that takes on Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on a sensitive gay rights issue. The National Black Justice Coalition announced today that the group is publishing an ad that challenges the influence of religious intolerance on the US Supreme Court. The ad -- which will be published in the Afro-American Newspapers in Baltimore and Washington, and in Roll Call, the Congressional newspaper -- features a photograph of Justice Thomas, who is black, and his wife Virginia, who is white. Noting their...
  • The Web: Alito a blank slate on technology

    01/18/2006 12:23:56 PM PST · by 2Jim_Brown · 4 replies · 300+ views
    UPI ^ | Jan. 18, 2006 | UPI
    CHICAGO, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Judge Samuel Alito seems destined to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the Supreme Court of the United States in the coming weeks and will likely be faced with an assortment of major technology cases as a new justice, but legal experts tell UPI's The Web that as an appeals-court judge for the last 15 years his experience with technology cases has been quite limited. Alito has been an appeals-court judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in New Jersey and has heard one major copyright case and a number of contract cases...
  • On Judge Alito, the San Francisco Chronicle is Unfit to be a Newspaper

    01/17/2006 3:20:20 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 49 replies · 1,962+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 17 January 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Today (Tuesday) the San Francisco Chronicle ran an editorial entitled, “Why Alito is the wrong choice.” Instead of demonstrating what it says, it demonstrates why the Chronicle has failed to do its homework as reporters, in preparing its editorial. Here’s why: The editorial begins with this statement: In some ways, Alito's taciturn approach to questions about the great constitutional issues of our time was similar to that of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. But the distinction between the history of the two judges -- and the role of the justice they were nominated to replace -- are important. First,...
  • Thomas Sowell: Senate Condemnation Hearings

    01/16/2006 9:48:14 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 26 replies · 1,110+ views
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | January 17, 2006 | Dr. Thomas Sowell
    The Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Samuel Alito told us more about the Senators than it did about Judge Alito.First, there were those long-winded preambles to "questions" for the judge. Then there were the Mickey Mouse maneuvers and insinuations, spiced here and there with outright lies.The ridiculousness of the charges was classically illustrated by Senator Joseph Biden's claim that Alito had been part of a group that was trying to keep minorities and women out of Princeton. Apparently wanting everyone to meet the same admissions standards is considered to be the same as being against minorities and women.To dramatize his...
  • Judging the Judges

    01/16/2006 4:27:40 AM PST · by Brian Allen · 6 replies · 456+ views ^ | Monday January 16 2006 | Burt Prelutsky
    Judging the judges By A question that bears looking into is whether a career in politics inevitably turns people into hypocrites or whether hypocrites are born, not made, and are simply drawn to the field the way that steel shavings are drawn to a magnet. Being a conservative, naturally I hold Democrats in far lower regard than I do Republicans. But, overall, I don’t think that politicians of any stripe should be trusted anywhere near a live microphone or anybody’s wallet. In fact, I find most people’s infatuation with office holders completely infantile and unseemly, and on a par with...
  • Inside "Concerned Alumni of Princeton" (Alito had virtually nothing to do with CAP. I did.)

    01/14/2006 8:21:23 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 11 replies · 883+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 23, 2006 | Terry Eastland
    ABOUT THE ALITO HEARINGS, one thing is certain: If it had been the Concerned Alumni of Princeton that was up for confirmation, the nomination wouldn't even make it out of the Judiciary Committee. Democrats led by Sen. Edward Kennedy portrayed CAP as hostile to minorities and to coeducation and thus to women. And Republicans weren't about to get into a fight over CAP, which was formed in 1972, shortly after Princeton went coeducational and the same year Samuel Alito graduated. CAP went out of business in 1986.CAP drew the interest of committee Democrats because Alito once identified himself as a...
  • Alito and the Catholics (The decline of an institution and the rise of its ideas)

    01/14/2006 8:13:49 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 47 replies · 1,486+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 23, 2006 | Joseph Bottum
    ON THE MORNING PRESIDENT BUSH nominated Samuel Alito to become the fifth Catholic on the Supreme Court, I was sitting on an airplane next to a joke-teller, one of those people whose idea of travel is the chance to pass along to strangers all the latest gags. "So," he began, patting his jovial belly, "have you heard this one? A doctor, a lawyer, and a priest are on a ship when it hits a rock and begins to sink. 'What about the women and children?' the doctor worries as the three pile into the only lifeboat. 'Screw the women and...
  • William F. Buckley: Detoxing Alito

    01/14/2006 7:17:59 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 23 replies · 1,663+ views
    Universal Press Syndicate ^ | January 14, 2006 | William F. Buckley
    Those who hold hands with the future at night and relay their divinations tell us that Judge Alito will be OK'd by the Senate Judiciary Committee by a party vote. Some reach even further and predict that he will be confirmed by a party vote, but that there might be a little maneuvering on the floor in the matter of a filibuster.One is told not to expect a filibuster because it is a weapon of last resort, and weapons of last resort should be kept for last-resort use. Several times, in the recent past, the question has been raised whether...
  • Please Don't Feed the Federalists (A Democrat's field guide to the conservative jurist)

    01/14/2006 7:03:16 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 21 replies · 812+ views
    Slate ^ | January 14, 2006 | Dahlia Lithwick
     Ladies and gentlemen, Democrats of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, welcome to this introductory tour of the North American federalist in his natural habitat. We hope that by getting to know the 10-toed American federalist a bit better this afternoon, you'll avoid, in the future, some of the errors and missteps that have thus far plagued your efforts to understand, question, and possibly impugn them at confirmation hearings. Sen. Feinstein, please do try to keep up with the tour. We ask that you listen carefully as we debunk some of the stereotypes and myths you may have heard about...
  • LARRY TRIBE’S CREDIBILITY PROBLEM # 4: claims he's won 2/3 of Sup. Ct. cases, 80% of other cases

    01/13/2006 8:37:23 AM PST · by HarvardHater · 11 replies · 3,903+ views
    Here's my next installment looking at Larry Tribe's credibility problem, to put in perspective the credibility problem Ted Kennedy claims Judge Alito has (first 3 installments here, here, and here). You'll notice in the biographical information included on Tribe in the 2004 conference I mentioned in my last post, where Tribe claimed the New Republic had recently described him as the "premiere Supreme Court litigator of the decade" (not true; nothing like that appears in the New Republic, based on a full-text search going back to 1990), Tribe made a couple of statements about his win-loss record which don't seem...
  • Kennedy belongs to exclusive university club of his own

    01/12/2006 2:46:21 PM PST · by msnimje · 32 replies · 1,139+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 12, 2006 | Charles Hurt
    Sen. Edward M. Kennedy belongs to a social club for Harvard students and alumni that was evicted from campus nearly 20 years ago after refusing to allow female members. According to the online membership directory of the Owl Club, the Massachusetts Democrat updated his personal information -- including the address of his home that is in his wife's name -- on Sept. 7. The club has long been reviled on campus as "sexist" and "elitist" and, in 1984, was booted from the university for violating federal anti-discrimination laws, authored by Mr. Kennedy. Mr. Kennedy has spent much of this week's...
  • Kennedy forgets to lead by example

    01/13/2006 7:45:19 AM PST · by george76 · 44 replies · 1,852+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | January 13, 2006 | Editorials
    Forget Sam Alito's tenuous ties, two decades ago, to the Concerned Alumni of Princeton. Where's the outrage about Sen. Edward Kennedy's continuing membership in the Owl Club? Kennedy relentlessly badgered Judge Alito for listing the Princeton group on a job application in 1985, but The Washington Times reported Thursday that the Massachusetts senator remains active with the Owl - one of nine males-only fraternities that in 1984 Harvard "booted from the university for violating federal anti-discrimination laws, authored by Mr. Kennedy." TheNew York Times examined the records of CAP and found no evidence Alito was an active member. Yet the...

    01/12/2006 9:26:31 PM PST · by george76 · 96 replies · 4,557+ views
    Michelle Malkin · ^ | January 12, 2006 | Michelle Malkin
    This is U.S. Appeals Court Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, a Clinton appointee who gave a glowing endorsement of her colleague, Sam Alito, earlier today, along with six other judges from the appeals court who appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to support Alito. Chuck Schumer walked out before the judges started to speak. Teddy Kennedy showed up late, stayed for 10 minutes, then left. Pat Leahy put on a dour face for a short time, and also bailed... if Judge Barry were a screeching liberal moaning about Alito's threat to the female populace, the Dems would have been all ears--and...
  • John Edwards (aka the Breck Girl) Urges Senate to Filibuster Alito

    01/12/2006 6:26:55 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 73 replies · 2,135+ views
    One America PAC ^ | January 12, 2006 | FORMER Senator John Edwards
    Samuel Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court represents a grave threat to our fundamental liberties. His record makes it clear that he is a conservative activist who will put his personal ideology above the rule of law.If Alito replaces Sandra Day O'Connor, a moderate justice who represented the swing vote in many cases, some of our most fundamental rights are at risk. Alito won't stand up to a president's abuse of power. He has said that the Constitution does not protect a woman's right to choose. And he has consistently used the bench as a launching pad for his conservative...
  • A McCarthy Moment At the Alito Hearing

    01/12/2006 10:53:05 AM PST · by PurpleMountains · 14 replies · 546+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 1/12/06 | Purple Mountains
    I’m sure many of you are too young, and the rest of you probably don’t remember the moment when Senator McCarthy’s putrid career came to an end. I remember it as if it were yesterday; I was a college student at Northeastern University, a cooperative college where you work at a course-related job for several weeks and then go to school for several weeks. I happened to be working at my co-op job at Dennison Manufacturing Company in Framingham, Massachusetts, where the company maintained a recreation area for their employees. We were at lunch watching the Army-McCarthy hearings on TV...
  • The Past and Future of Roe v. Wade

    01/12/2006 2:54:09 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 18 replies · 498+ views
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | January 12, 2006 | Steve Chapman
    Samuel Alito Jr. wrote a memo in 1985 arguing there is no constitutional right to abortion, and pro-choice groups are alarmed by that document. They say it proves he's a right-wing extremist with a "long history of hostility to reproductive freedom," in the words of the National Abortion Federation.Maybe Alito is secretly plotting to make pregnancy mandatory for all fertile females, as the NAF sugests. But for those of us who are inclined to be charitable, there's another possible explanation for why he said the Constitution doesn't protection abortion rights: because it doesn't.It's true the Supreme Court has ruled it...
  • Senate’s Liberal Lion Defanged

    01/12/2006 2:46:02 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 54 replies · 2,782+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 12, 2006 | Tom Bevan
    Ted Kennedy threw a tantrum yesterday. In the middle of the second day of the Judiciary Committee’s questioning of Judge Samuel Alito, Kennedy demanded the committee go into an executive session to vote on subpoenaing the private papers of William Rusher, a founding member of the Concerned Alumni of Princeton (CAP), and then threatened to disrupt the committee proceedings by repeating the request over and over until it was recognized.Chairman Arlen Specter, clearly surprised and annoyed by Kennedy’s antics, put the Senior Senator from Massachusetts in his place: “Well, Senator Kennedy, I’m not concerned about your threats to have votes...
  • LARRY TRIBE'S CREDIBILITY PROBLEM, # 2: Tribe's own Holocaust analogy

    01/11/2006 9:22:18 PM PST · by HarvardHater · 1 replies · 483+ views
    As my next installment in looking at Larry Tribe's credibility problem to put in perspective the credibility problem Ted Kennedy claims Judge Alito has (for my first post see here), I have this question: In the aftermath of the Democrats "uninviting" one planned witness, Stephen Dujack, because of an essay which defended his grandfather's analogy between the Holocaust and the slaughter of animals for meat, an essay for which Dujack promptly apologized (here and here), why is Larry Tribe still listed as a witness for the Democrats tomorrow? Why hasn't he been "uninvited"? Tribe, after all, is infamous for his...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 01-10-06 ("If Dems don't filibuster, they are sending us a clear signal")

    01/10/2006 5:06:26 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 143 replies · 1,404+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | January 10, 2006 | DUmmies and PJ-Comix
    The DUmmies are setting themselves up for yet MORE frustration. This time it comes in the form of frustration over the LACK of a filibuster over Judge Alito. Judging from what is happening, despite the wild attacks on Alito by Chuck the Shmuck and The Swimmer, there probably WON'T be a filibuster against Alito. Thus the DUmmies are setting themselves up for another round of rubber room frustration as you can see in this THREAD titled, "If Dems don't filibuster, they are sending us a clear signal." Yes, once again the DUmmie hopes are about to be dashed by...
  • Borking Judge Alito (Cornyn Op-Ed)

    01/09/2006 1:20:18 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 8 replies · 772+ views
    Washington Times ^ | January 9, 2006 | Senator John Cornyn
    With the battle over the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court set to take center stage on Monday, the American people have undoubtedly become familiar in past weeks with his critics -- along with their criticisms, attacks and mischaracterizations. If the best predictor of future behavior is past performance, then it is reasonable to expect that a host of rather predictable, knee-jerk criticisms -- which have already been refuted with fact -- will be leveled against this fine nominee in a misguided effort to discredit his qualifications. As a preview of the coming debate, here...
  • Frist Cautions Senators Against Stalling Alito Vote (Threatens Nuclear Option)

    12/12/2005 5:33:27 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 28 replies · 1,237+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 12, 2005 | Ceci Connolly
    Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) threatened yesterday to strip Democrats of the power to filibuster if they block the vote on Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. "It would be against the intent of the Founding Fathers and our Constitution to deny Sam Alito an up-or-down vote on the floor of the United States Senate," he said on "Fox News Sunday." His willingness to consider a procedural maneuver called the "nuclear option" seemed somewhat premature. Last week, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) said that although he anticipates intense questioning of Alito during next month's hearings, he...
  • Alito's sticky thicket (Kenneth Starr & Ronald Cass Op-Ed)

    12/11/2005 5:29:36 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 1 replies · 458+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | December 11, 2005 | Kenneth Starr & Ronald Cass
    A POLITICAL sidebar that made surprising news the last few weeks is a phrase in a 1985 job application from now-Judge Sam Alito questioning the Warren Court's reapportionment decisions. That tidbit sent shock waves through the political and pundit classes. It shouldn't have. Justice-to-be Alito's statement wasn't an attack on equality, voting rights, or protecting victims of racial discrimination. It was a simple observation that a liberal court created a doctrine that, however salutary, has significant problems. Americans have long embraced the ideal of equality from ''all men are created equal" forward. Equality did not mean identical political influence in...
  • Anti-Religious Freedom Attacks Emphasize Importance Of Alito Nomination

    12/09/2005 5:06:51 AM PST · by alienken · 103+ views
    Anti-Religious Freedom Attacks Emphasize Importance Of Alito Nomination With attacks on "Christ" in Christmas making headlines, is reporting that the coalition opposing Samuel Alito's nomination is a "Who's Who" of anti-religious liberties groups. "Groups like NARAL and Americans United form the backbone of the anti-Alito coalition and these groups oppose religious freedoms," says Grassfire President Steve Elliott. "They oppose Alito because he is a strong defender of our religious liberties." Read Grassfire's special report and sign the petition today. SIGN THE PETITION supporting Sam Alito's confirmation SPECIAL REPORT on the anti-religious liberties coalition attacks on Alito NEWS RELEASE on...
  • Ads Portray Nominee as Protector of Christmas (Alito)

    12/05/2005 10:55:24 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 1 replies · 361+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 6, 2005 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 - It is the time of year when bedtime stories and television specials often recall the plucky reindeer and the little girl of Whoville who managed to save Christmas. This year, some conservative groups are hoping to add a new name to that pantheon of heroes: Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., the Supreme Court nominee. "Liberal groups like People for the American Way and the A.C.L.U. have opposed public Christmas and Hanukkah displays and even fought to keep Christmas carols out of school," declares a radio commercial paid for by the conservative Committee for Justice beginning Monday...
  • George Will: The Abortion Argument We Missed

    12/01/2005 5:59:58 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 91 replies · 2,746+ views
    Washington Post Writers Group ^ | December 1, 2005 | George F. Will
    WASHINGTON -- Henry J. Friendly, who died in 1986, was perhaps the most distinguished American judge never to serve on the Supreme Court, and he almost spared the nation the poisonous consequences of that court's 1973 truncation of democratic debate about abortion policy. The story of that missed blessing was told recently by Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, in an address to the Federalist Society. In 1970, Friendly, then on the Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, was a member of a three-judge panel that heard the first abortion-rights case...
  • Life and death and Samuel Alito

    11/27/2005 7:27:52 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 516+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 27, 2005 | Goodwin Liu
    ALTHOUGH abortion rights have dominated the debate over the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court, there is another issue implicating the "culture of life" that has garnered fewer headlines: capital punishment. The impending executions of three men in California, including the lethal injection of reformed ex-gang leader Stanley Tookie Williams scheduled for Dec. 13, are a sober reminder of the irrevocable stakes in this area of law. Capital cases make up a substantial portion of the Supreme Court's docket each year. From 2000 to 2005, the court decided only three cases involving abortion but more...
  • Federalism May Offer Abortion Solution

    11/21/2005 1:58:09 PM PST · by JTN · 16 replies · 785+ views ^ | Thursday, November 17, 2005 | Radley Balko
    When the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito begin in January, much of the debate will focus on the issue of abortion. Alito has been nominated to replace Sandra Day O'Connor, one of the six justices who reliably voted to uphold Roe v. Wade. It's unfortunate that abortion will dominate so much of the discussion about Alito. It's unlikely that a case offering the opportunity to undo Roe will come before the Supreme Court any time soon, and even if it should, Alito's confirmation would put the unofficial Supreme Court abortion scorecard at 5-4, enough to keep Roe...
  • Alito's record has feminists ready for battle

    11/20/2005 7:27:34 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 328+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/20/5 | Bob Egelko
    From abortion to sex discrimination to family leave, some of Samuel Alito's most important rulings during 15 years on the federal bench have involved issues related to women, and some of the strongest opposition to his Supreme Court nomination comes from women's rights groups. Alito's record on these issues is not uniformly conservative. He has voted to overturn some abortion restrictions, and he wrote a groundbreaking decision in 1993 that opened the door to political asylum for women fleeing persecution in their home countries. But his opinions have more typically reached conclusions that dismayed feminist groups -- giving states more...
  • Senator Ben Nelson: As qualified nominee for court, Alito deserves up-or-down vote

    11/17/2005 8:38:07 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 17 replies · 1,896+ views
    Omaha World Herald ^ | November 17, 2005 | Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE)
    The writer, of Omaha, is Nebraska's junior U.S. senator.During his confirmation hearings, John Roberts said that judges should judge each case on its own merits. They need to weigh matters, not approach their work as ideological automatons.Those words were recounted in a Oct. 28 World-Herald editorial that recommended U.S. senators keep Roberts' considerations "firmly in mind" as they consider the next nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court and fulfill their obligation in considering appointees.With one successful and one unsuccessful Supreme Court nomination behind us, the Senate now is considering the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to replace retiring Associate Justice...
  • Kennedy vs. Alito by Proxy (The Vanguard frenzy is much ado about nothing)

    11/15/2005 4:52:12 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 1,487+ views
    National Review ^ | November 15, 2005 | Edward Whelan
    A curious e-mail is making the rounds from Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy's communications director, Stephanie Cutter, attacking Judge Alito's response last week to the Senate Judiciary Committee's request for more information about Judge Alito's involvement in a case in Vanguard mutual funds was a party in name only. In Monga v. Ottenberg, a bankruptcy receiver sought to have a party's IRA assets (which included funds in a Vanguard account) made available to pay the bankrupt party's creditors. Vanguard was a party to the case because the bankrupt party sued it to prevent it from releasing his IRA funds to his...
  • Free Speech Libertarian (Judge Alito has an expansive view of the First Amendment)

    11/13/2005 7:08:32 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 62 replies · 1,092+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 13, 2005 | EUGENE VOLOKH
    What would Samuel Alito's confirmation mean for First Amendment law? It's impossible to be sure, but his appeals court opinions give us some clues. A Justice Alito would likely take a pretty broad view of free speech protections; support religious exemptions from some generally applicable laws; uphold evenhanded benefit programs that include both religious and secular institutions; and uphold the use of religious symbolism by the government. • Free speech. Until the late 1980s, liberal Supreme Court justices generally supported broad free speech rights, and conservative justices usually took a narrower view. No longer. I've studied the votes in free...
  • Independent Legal Analysis Sets Record Straight On Vanguard Case (Alito Recusal)

    11/10/2005 8:37:37 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 356+ views
    Click here to read a letter from Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr., a Trustee Professor of Law at the University of PensylvaniaClick here to read a letter from Ronald D. Rotunda, a Professor of Law at George Mason University
  • Thomas Sowell: Irrelevant Questions

    11/08/2005 12:57:10 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 13 replies · 1,213+ views
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | November 8, 2005 | Dr. Thomas Sowell
    The recent announcement by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter that confirmation hearings on Judge Samuel Alito have been postponed until January was only the latest in a series of painful examples of what happens when Senate Republicans wimp out.Senator Specter did not wimp out. The Senate Republican "leadership" wimped out when they made him chairman of the Judiciary Committee after he had fired a shot across the bow of his own President, right after the election, publicly warning President Bush not to nominate anyone to the Supreme Court who would stir up controversy in the Senate.That was the time...
  • Novak: Alito vs. Michelman

    11/07/2005 3:05:00 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 6 replies · 645+ views
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | November 7, 2005 | Robert Novak
    WASHINGTON -- The abortion lobby faces an uphill battle to prevent a pro-life justice from replacing a pro-choice justice on the Supreme Court. That explains why abortion rights activist Kate Michelman cited her personal history to try to generate emotion against the nomination of Federal Appellate Judge Samuel Alito. The problem is that the example she cited is inappropriate and inapplicable.Michelman, longtime former president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said Alito as a judge affirmed legislation that would have required her to notify a husband who had abandoned her of plans to get an abortion. That raised the prospect of women...
  • Biden says filibuster on Alito unlikely

    11/06/2005 11:31:08 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 14 replies · 467+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/07/05 | Charles Hurt
    Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. said yesterday that he expects an up-or-down vote by the full Senate on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., without the parliamentary blockades that Democrats used against 10 of President Bush's appellate court nominees. The Delaware senator and longtime Senate Judiciary Committee member becomes the latest Democrat to indicate that a filibuster of the judge's nomination is unlikely, although he spoke even as one of the nation's leading liberal groups began its air war against Judge Alito. Asked whether Democrats would commit to the up-or-down vote, Mr. Biden said on ABC's...