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October 31, 2005

Bush Nominates Sam Alito To Supreme Court

The President has nominated Federal Appeals Court Judge Samuel Alito to replace Sandra Day O'Connor as an associate Justice at SCOTUS.

Judge Alito has a staunchly conservative record and one that's almost sure to blast Senate Democrats into overdrive in an attempt to fight an Alito confirmation.


NAME: Samuel A. Alito, Jr.
AGE-BIRTH DATE: 55; April 1, 1950 in Trenton, N.J.
PERSONAL FINANCE: more than $615,000 in assets
EDUCATION: AB, Princeton, 1972; JD, Yale, 1975
EXPERIENCE: Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1990-present; U.S. attorney for the district of New Jersey, 1987-1990; deputy assistant to the U.S. attorney general, 1985-1987; assistant to the U.S. solicitor general, 1981-1985
JUDICIAL STYLE: Known among conservatives as a strict constructionist in the mold of Justice Antonin Scalia. Abortion-rights activists point to his dissent in the 1991 case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey -- in which he argued to uphold a Pennsylvania law requiring a married woman to inform her husband before getting an abortion -- as putting him in the anti-Roe v. Wade camp.
FAMILY: Alito and his wife, Martha, live in West Caldwell, N.J. They have two children, a college-age son, Philip, and a younger daughter, Laura. His late father, Samuel Alito Sr., was the director of New Jersey's Office of Legislative Services from 1952 to 1984. Alito's sister, Rosemary, is a top employment lawyer in New Jersey.

Okay, Republican senators, it's time to get your game faces on and support a serious Bush nominee for a change. That means no more cowardice in the face of the enemy, as you've demonstrated during past confirmation hearings for conservative Bush nominees: You will fight to the death over this one, "blood and gore and things in your teeth" if necessary, and get Alito confirmed!

If you play the nose-up-Democrat-butt game as you've become so proficient at doing and fail us again, then don't complain the next time POTUS nominates someone with less of a conservative track record...

Posted by Seth at October 31, 2005 12:40 PM