We’ve been so busy with ANWR (more on that later, just to further irk the enviros), that we haven’t had much time to say anything about Judge Samuel Alito, the President’s Supreme Court nominee. As you all know, we have a process in place and so we won’t be deciding whether or not to endorse him until that process has run its course. However, we do know a few things. He is from New Jersey, the Cradle of Civilization, so he’s got that going for him. He’s got a pretty impressive biography. And, when he was confirmed to the bench in 1990, here’s what Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) had to say to him:
“You have obviously had a very distinguished record and I certainly commend you for long service in the public interest. I think it is a very commendable career and I am sure you will have a successful one as a judge.”
If this is what Sen. Kennedy was saying, you can imagine what others were saying about him. Here’s a link to an AP story about what they call his “peaceful” confirmation hearing. Judge Alito went on to be confirmed by Unanimous Consent by the Senate — that means no dissenting votes. Also, as we mentioned here a long time ago in the context of the Roberts nomination, Unanimous Consent (“UC” to the cognoscenti) is reserved for the real no-brainer votes around the Congress (as this link shows) — of which, you might imagine, there are precious few.
So before our Fourth Estate blog and tea leaf readers (you know who you are) jump to conclusions, we remind one and all again that we have a set process in place whereby we evaluate nominees according to stated criteria. That process resulted in our endorsement of Chief Justice Roberts and was under way with Harriet Miers before she withdrew. It is under way now with Judge Alito and we will let you know as soon as we have a decision from our Judicial Review Committee. In the meantime, we thought it was important to get some information up on the blog about the President’s nominee.
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