Alito Nomination Goes To Full Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Judiciary Committee favorably recommended Samuel Alito’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate on a party-line vote Tuesday, moving the conservative jurist one step closer to joining the high court.

All 10 Republicans voted for Alito, while all eight Democrats voted against him. The partisan vote was almost preordained, with 15 of the 18 senators announcing their votes even before the committee’s session began.

The full Senate expects to take a final vote on Alito’s nomination before the end of the week. That vote is also expected to follow along party lines, with only one Democrat – Ben Nelson of Nebraska – coming out so far in support of Alito. Republicans hold the balance of power in the Senate 55-44, with one independent.

In the coming days Democrats are going to say a lot of things about Sam Alito along the lines of “He’s a right-wing radical” and “He’ll set individual rights back decades” etc., etc. One thing to keep in mind as you’re listening to all that is that Sam Alito has previously been appointed to the federal bench by a vote in the Senate.

In 1990 George H. Bush nominated Sam Alito for the 3rd U.S. Judicial District and he was appointed by a unanimous voice vote in the Senate. Now ask yourself: If Senate Democrats really think Sam Alito is far-right partisan who will “set American rights back,” why did every single Senator in Congress vote for him in 1990? Many among them the same people who are speaking out against him today (I’m looking at you, Ted Kennedy, among others)?

Are we really to believe that, in the estimation of these Democrats, far-right, rights-denying partisans are ok to interpret the law for the people living in America’s third judicial district but not ok to interpret the law for America as a whole?

I don’t believe that for one minute.

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