AP News Headlines:
Bush nominates conservative for Supreme Court
"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.
"Unlike (Miers) nomination, which was derailed Thursday by Bush's conservative allies, Alito faces vocal opposition from Democrats."
"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." - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
Samuel Alito's conservative views
earned him nickname 'Scalito'
Alito has endorsed abortion restrictions
However we must remember that...
A new justice will not make the difference on Roe v. Wade in the court's present configuration. Besides the moderate O'Connor, five of the eight other justices have endorsed a woman's right to the procedure.
As an appeals court judge, Alito was required to follow Supreme Court precedent, which he did.
In 2000, for example, Alito was among the judges who ruled that a New Jersey law banning late-term abortions was unconstitutional, following high court precedent.
Just one more pro-life justice can't overturn Roe v. Wade. We need one or two more to flip that.
Mr. Alito's Speech following his nomination
Reaction to Alito nomination
Alito is a solid choice. Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid have already come out against him; another good sign
We're about to get the fight over Constitutional principles that conservatives have looked forward to for years.
Hugh Hewitt: (no link due to questionable ad)
"Judge Alito is a great nominee, and as a result a great political battle lies ahead."
"This is a nominee the Right can get behind."
Sen. Bill Frist on Fox News (via Jason Smith): "If the Democrats are looking for a fight, we'll be up for the fight. We won't back down... We're gonna get an up or down vote on the Senate floor and if the Democrats want a fight, they'll get one."
"For my own part, I’d also like to thank President Bush. He’s given us a nominee worth fighting for. Before the Miers nomination, one of our bloggers (I believe it was feddie), asked the President to “cowboy up.” He has. And it’s time for us to do the same."
As well as...
"Dems — filibuster this!"
The Confirm Alito Coalition is up @ GOP Bloggers
This is the kind of justice the U.S. conservative movment has been dreaming of!
Now, let's get him confirmed!
My fellow bloggers, if you would like, please blog with your thoughts about Mr. Alito and then send me the link. I will try to get them posted here ASAP.