Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned that a nomination of Alito … could run into trouble. “This is not one of the names I’ve suggested to the president,” Reid said yesterday of Alito on CNN’s “Late Edition. In fact, I’ve done the opposite,” he said. “I think it would create a lot of problems.”
Some things to note about “Scalito”:
Considered to be a very close match to Antonin Scalia.
Wrote the lone dissent when Planned Parenthood v. Casey came before the Third Circuit in favor of certain state restrictions on abortion. (Justice Rehnquist’s dissent from the Supreme Court’s decision striking down the spousal notification provision of the law quoted Judge Alito’s dissent and expressed support for Judge Alito’s reasoning.)
Nominated by George H.W. Bush on February 20, 1990, to a seat vacated by John Joseph Gibbons; Unanimously confirmed by the Senate on April 27, 1990.
In ACLU v. Schundler, wrote the majority opinion holding that a city’s holiday display that included a crï¿½che and a menorah did not violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment because it also included secular symbols such as Frosty the Snowman and a banner promoting racial diversity.
Was a front-line federal prosecutor in New Jersey for four years.
More notable opinions.
Liberal groups say his nomination raises troubling concerns as he is a frequent dissenter on the 3rd Circuit, one of the most liberal federal appellate benches in the nation.
And a note to the Republican “leadership” in the Senate. When the Democrats threaten to filibuster, make them actually filibuster this time. None of this BS filibuster-lite with breaks and going home at night. Make the obstructionists show their true colors and “take it to the diaper”. Your President has offered up a strong nomination. Do something about it!
Update: Lindsey Graham, one of the Gang of 14, says: “If the Democrats staged a filibuster against Judge Alito or Judge Luttig because of their conservatism, “the filibuster will not stand.” Email the other 6 and demand an Up or Down vote.
Update 2: CNN reviews Alito’s “hefty legal resume“.
Update 3: Frist on FoxNews just said, “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.” - Finally.
Update 4: Chuck Schumer has converted Rosa Parks’ casket into a soapbox and standing there upon is currently giving a partisan-hack speech about Alito. Shameless.
Update 5: Hugh Hewitt has an Alito poll up. Go voice your opinion.
Update 6: California Conservative coins the term “Scalito’s Way”
Update 7: Mike Dewine, another of the Gang of 14, says, “I can’t believe anyone would believe this is a nominee that could be filibustered or that it would rise to the level of ‘extraordinary circumstances. If someone would filibuster, though, I would be prepared to vote to change the rules.” - Looks like we’re going nuke-ya-ler.