Monday, October 31, 2005

AmericaBlog: Bush plays to dwindling base with Alito, another white male

Joe in DC summarizes Bush's latest pick, vetted by Concerned Women of Amerika and other hard-right bigots: "By choosing Alito, Bush is responding to the right wing theocrats who control his presidency:

"With the embarrassing withdrawal of the Miers nomination last week, the rising death toll in Iraq and Friday's indictment of top vice presidential aide I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, Bush's approval ratings are at the lowest point of his presidency. Polls show Democrats and most independents don't approve of his job performance, leaving the conservative wing of his party the only thing keeping Bush afloat politically." [Quoting from AP]

In fact, yesterday, Minority Leader Harry Reid warned specifically about Alito:

"'That is not one of the names that I've suggested to the president,' Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told 'Late Edition' on CNN. 'In fact, I've done the opposite. I think it would create a lot of problems.' Reid said Bush would be making a 'mistake' were he to settle on a hard-liner simply to appease the far right in his party, especially after conservatives' wrath undermined Miers' nomination."

The White House is trying to spin him like Roberts, but he is really a Scalia. Bush's approval rating is 39%. If he wants a battle, let's give him one."

I hope we do.


At 8:27 AM, Blogger Speedzzter said...

I see that racism and sexism are alive on the radical leftist fringe. Why are Alito's race and sex relevant? Why is he instantly a "mistake?" Has the reactionary left even seriously considered his long record as an appellate judge?

What possible relevance does the Libby indictment and the tragic but minimal casualties in Iraq have to do with a Supreme Court selection?

Didn't Clinton "play" to his "base" by selecting ACLU counsel Ginsberg and former liberal law professor Breyer to the Court? Why is the Alito pick any different?

Predictable kneejerk reaction.

At 9:53 AM, Blogger Cephas said...

Sorry, the racism and sexism are on the radical right fringe. One woman on the Supreme Court. Yes, we've considered his long record, it's very clear he will legislate from the bench and change settled law as soon as he has the opportunity.


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