Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Senate Confirms Alito

This morning, the Senate confirmed Judge Sam Alito as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. The vote was 58-42. Republicans voted 54-1 for, Democrats voted 40-4 against, and the one independent (who votes with the Democrats to orgainize the Senate) voted against. As Power Line writes:

The vote changes the "rules" for confirming Supreme Court Justices. Under the Alito rule, Senators will vote against highly qualified nominee for no reason other than that they expect the nominee to rule contrary to their preference on major issues. Under the Alito rule, the president's party, in effect, must control the Senate in order for the president to have top-notch nominees of his choice confirmed. When the the president's party doesn't control the Senate, only compromise nominees acceptable to both parties can expect to be confirmed.

Justice Alito will be a good justice. The Alito vote shows how important the most liberal interest groups are to the Democratic party today. It is unfortunate that Democrats have, for partisan purposes, abandoned the Senate's traditional role of confirming nominees who are well qualified to serve on the high court.

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