January 24, 2006

Jay Leno

Since when is belonging to a club founded due to concern over the increasing numbers of women and minorities attending Princeton something of little or no importance in selecting a Supreme Court Justice, Jay?

Come on, Leno.

Bigotry, racism, sexism, and a history of worker discrimination are all rather more than valid concerns when we're talking about the Supreme Court.

It's a sign of how far from power the Democrats have fallen when a nominee like Alito, with a history like Alito's, dances through the nomination process and confirmation hearings. There is no way in hell this guy should even have made it to the short list for the nomination.

Can you imagine the liberal equivalent?

Can you imagine the hell Republicans would raise if we nominated a liberal as extreme as this conservative?

1 comment:

The Mirrorball Man said...

I am a rabid liberal who opposes Alito with all my soul, but in the end, I think the Democrats have no choice but to vote for him.

I don't know if I still believe that Alito is an "extremist" conservative. By all means he's conservative. That means he's pro-life, prefers business over people, and thinks war is God's gift to the universe (in addition to creation, life, and religion, which we must also all respect in his eyes).

But this makes someone conservative. And we have a conservative President. Therefore he gets to nominate the guy. And, since there's a conservative Congress, he gets to win too.

An extremist? Someone who bans condom use because he thinks it's akin to abortion. Someone who says women do not deserve equal pay in the workplace because they are inferior. Someone who does not believe in the right to privacy, but believes the government needs to get out of the public sphere (so private schools, private enterprise, etc.). That's an extremist conservative. Alito doesn't go that far.

There are liberal justices. Clinton proposed two of them. The Republicans in Congress didn't like them, but they passed. So let's face it: Alito might not agree with you and me, but neither does most people in Congress today. But they're there, and so they get to make the rules. In the grand scheme of who could have been nominated, Alito is not the worst in the world.e