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Monday, October 31, 2005 

You Spin Me Right Round Baby Like an Alito Record

With Republicans trying to salvage their political standing, and Democrats still trying find some, the Bush nomination (2nd Try) for Associate Supreme Court Justice Judge Alito started the music for the spin game:

First on the Left

"Rather than selecting a nominee for the good of the nation and the court, President Bush has picked a nominee whom he hopes will stop the massive hemorrhaging of support on his right wing. This is a nomination based on weakness, not strength." _ Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass.

"President Bush put the demands of his far-right political base above Americans' constitutional rights and legal protections by nominating federal appeals court Judge Samuel Alito to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor." _ Ralph Neas, president of the liberal People For the American Way.

And on the Right
"The president has made an excellent choice today which reflects his commitment to appoint judges in the mold of (Antonin) Scalia and (Clarence) Thomas. Sam Alito, a 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals judge, has consistently embraced the original intent of the Constitution." _ Kay Daly, president of the conservative Coalition for a Fair Judiciary.

"Judge Alito is unquestionably qualified to serve on our nation's highest court. And on the bench, he has displayed a judicial philosophy marked by judicial restraint and respect for the limited role of the judiciary to interpret the law and not legislate from the bench." _ Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.

By the time it gets to Senate hearings, we should see this thing going like a top. I’m sure if you like the Blue-Goo crowd, he will be some kind of gay hating Nazi, and if you like the Red-Herd, you will think he is an end to “Judicial Activism” (at least left wing activism).