Samuel Alito new SCOTUS Nominee

Bush has nominated Samuel Alito to the supreme court. Many thought Alito would have been the nominee to replace Rehnquist, but that went to John Roberts. Various individuals appearing on Fox News yesterday threw Alito’s name out there, expecting him to be the new nominee to replace Sandra Day O’Conner. They liked comparing him to John Roberts.

Alito is a federal judge in New Jersey and a well established conservative. Too conservative for some probably. His stances on various issues are more well known than Miers were, hopefully he’ll have an easier ride than Harriet Miers had.

I expect he won’t have many troubles along the path to the SCOTUS. Could be a little sluggish in the Senate, but what isn’t? Overall, I’m happy with Alito as the new nominee.

Outside the Beltway has some early takes on Alito. California Conservative says “Confirm Judge Alito.” Iowa Voice “can live with this”, although he’d rather see Janice Rogers Brown be the nominee. The Political Teen was hoping for a Brown nomination too. Of course, Stop the ACLU is pleased because Alito has ruled against the ACLU in the past.

Other blogs with something to say:
Blogs for Bush
Conservative Cat
Wizbang
My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy
Confirm Them
SCOTUS Blog

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Harriet Miers

I woke up just in time to see Bush announcing his nomination for the next SCOTUS position yesterday morning. I was still pretty groggy so I didn’t really gather that much from it.

I haven’t really read much about her yet, she looks to be a pretty nice lady though. Lastnight, I was watching FoxNews for a little bit. Someone was bitching because Harriet Miers is a “total unknown”. “Total unknown” is a little extreme I think, considering that googling her name yielded 60,000+ results not long after Bush had made the announcement.

Just goes to show that Bush can’t please anyone, no matter what he does. Had he nominated Jesus H. Christ himself, people would have bitched, mostly the religious right probably. I’m not just talking about the left here, I’m talkin everyone that has their own little agendas that don’t help our country at all.

Miers was a former lawyer for Microsoft. She basically protected them from various class action lawsuits. Also, she’s pro-life. I can already tell I’m not gonna like this lady. She helped Microsoft retain their monopoly. She doesn’t think grown women are able to make their own decisions that affect their own bodies.

She may not take that stance publically, but that’s the impression I get from what she’s been found to do in the past. Maybe I’m totally off and she’s really just that Rachel Dratch lady from SNL.

Stephen Bainbridge thinks she’s a B+ pick and the Supreme Court deserves an A+ pick. He couldn’t be more right. Sean at The American Mind thinks there’s just not enough known about her at this moment, kinda like the position we were in with Roberts.

And the Political Teen has an open trackback post.

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John Roberts Confirmed

John Roberts has been confirmed. Matt Margolis (Blogs for Bush) has been liveblogging the event. The SCOTUS blog has the news too.

The Volokh Conspiracy is also covering his confirmation along with GOP Bloggers. Now, who’ll end up filling the one remaining SCOTUS seat? I’ve seen some discussion on this lately in the blogosphere.

UPDATE: Dan over at Riehl World View voices his opinions on Roberts and what’s up next for political bloggers and the next SCOTUS nominee.

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John Roberts Confirmation Hearings Begin

The confirmation hearings for John Roberts begin today. Sounds like abortion will probably be the biggest focus, more specifically Roe v. Wade.

WASHINGTON – With the first confirmation hearing of a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court in more than a decade set to begin here this afternoon, at least two key elements of the event are largely unresolved: the manner in which senators will approach the issue of abortion and the length of the hearing. What has become clear in recent days is that the answers to the questions are intimately linked.

The central issue of the hearing on the president’s nomination of Judge John Roberts Jr. to replace William Rehnquist as chief justice is expected to be the right to privacy that the Supreme Court established in overturning a Connecticut law that banned the sale of contraceptives in 1965, and which it later affirmed in the Roe v. Wade case that nullified state bans on abortion. Several Democrats and at least one Republican on the Senate’s 18-person Judiciary Committee have said they will press Judge Roberts on the matter. It is unclear, though, how abortion will be broached.

ScrappleFace has a leaked e-mail from Senator Edward Kennedy containing a list of questions the senator plans to ask Roberts. Tom Goldstein at the SCOTUSblog will be live-blogging the hearings.

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