Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Alito Nomination Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted today on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. Alito has been approved 10-8 on a straight party-line vote. Republicans did not oppose Clinton's otherwise qualified nominees on political grounds, as the Democrats did today. As Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said in his statement this morning,

I fear a very bad precedent is being set today, a precedent that a unanimous minority will oppose a nominee on political grounds, not because the nominee is in any way unqualified. Republicans did not apply that test to Justices Breyer or Ginsburg.

And I say precedent because it is simply unrealistic to think that one party will put itself at a disadvantage by eschewing political considerations while the other party almost unanimously applies such considerations.

So I say to my Democratic friends, think carefully about what is being done today. Its impact will be felt well beyond this particular nominee.

Liberal Democrats, however, worry only about today (and the money and volunteers they will gather from the most liberal interest groups) and do not concern themselves with the future consequences of their actions.

Some day, perhaps as early as 2009, a Democrat will occupy the White House and will nominate someone for the Supreme Court. Do not be surprised if the Republicans exact a measure of revenge and use the Democrats' logic to oppose the nominee on purely political grounds. Of course, the Dems will complain and will conveniently forget their own statements and actions in 2005 and 2006.

I also must note that this party line vote was predicted in November by most observers. The hearings were meaningless, as far as the committee vote is concerned. Yet, Democrats senators went through the charade of pretending to need more time to collect information about Alito, when in fact they used the delays to try to find dirt in a disgusting effort to smear a decent man for partisan political purposes. The delays granted by committee chairman Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) wasted time and gained nothing. After receiving the requested delays in the date for the hearings, Democrats even broke their promise to have the committee vote a week ago.

Next time, get the hearings moving in a more expeditious manner. Delays for political purposes only waste time and do not serve a useful purpose.

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