PROOF POSITIVE THE PRESIDENT HAS HIT A HOME RUN
Members of the left-wing Democratic Party cabal and their apologists have responded predictably to President Bush's nomination of Samuel Alito and the following provides proof positive that this time around the president has hit one out of the ballpark!
From Senator Ted Kennedy:
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 on strength.
Although he is clearly intelligent and experienced on the bench, that is only the beginning of our inquiry. If confirmed, Alito could very well fundamentally alter the balance of the court and push it dangerously to the right, placing at risk decades of American progress in safeguarding our fundamental rights and freedoms.
From Senator Harry Reid:
The nomination of Judge Alito requires an especially long hard look by the Senate because of what happened last week to Harriet Miers. Conservative activists forced Miers to withdraw from consideration for this same Supreme Court seat because she was not radical enough for them. Now the Senate needs to find out if the man replacing Miers is too radical for the American people.
I am disappointed in this choice for several reasons. First, unlike previous nominations, this one was not the product of consultation with Senate Democrats. Last Friday, Senator Leahy and I wrote to President Bush urging him to work with us to find a consensus nominee. The President has rejected that approach.
Second, this appointment ignores the value of diverse backgrounds and perspectives on the Supreme Court. The President has chosen a man to replace Sandra Day O’Connor, one of only two women on the Court. For the third time, he has declined to make history by nominating the first Hispanic to the Court. And he has chosen yet another federal appellate judge to join a court that already has eight justices with that narrow background. President Bush would leave the Supreme Court looking less like America and more like an old boys club.
From Senator Charles Schumer:
It is sad that the president felt he had to pick a nominee likely to divide America instead of choosing a nominee in the mold of Sandra Day O'Connor, who would unify us.
From Michael Moore's site, in profiling the nominee:
Politics: Hard right, conservative, anti-abortion
From the DailyKos site:
Update [2005-10-31 9:33:18 by Armando]: Law Professor Jonathan Turley:TURLEY: There will be no one to the right of Sam Alito on this Court. This is a pretty hardcore fellow on abortion issues.They don't call him "SCALITO" for nothing.
FOLLOW-UP: Jason at Polipundit points to additional reactions from the whacky Left.