Monday, January 09, 2006

ABA rates Alito Well Qualified

The American Bar Association has issued its rating on Judge Sam Alito, whose nomination to the Supreme Court is pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The unanimous rating is "well qualified", the highest rating, which is the same ABA rating he received when he was appointed to the federal appellate court.

In the past, Senate Democrats have characterized the ABA rating as the gold standard for judicial nominees. Do not expect the ABA's "well qualified" rating or the Democrats' past opinion of ABA ratings to prevent a majority of Senate Democrats from voting against Alito's nomination. Most Senate Democrats and their core judicial interest groups will not support a conservative Supreme Court nominee no matter how well qualified.

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