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Monday, January 09, 2006

WAPO Cites Poll Showing Majority Support For Alito

The numbers look similar to Roberts' poll numbers, with even a slim majority of Democrats supporting his nomination:

As hearings begin today in the Senate on his nomination, the survey found that 53 percent of the public says Alito should be confirmed to serve on the court--virtually identical to the proportion that supported John Roberts' confirmation as chief justice four months ago. One in four--27
percent--say Alito should be rejected by the Senate.
The Alito nomination has yet to galvanize opposition among Democratic rank-and-file, the survey found. Democrats remain split over Alito, with 40 percent supporting the appointment while 39 percent oppose it. Even among liberals, those who oppose him (44 percent) narrowly outnumber supporters (38 percent).

I doubt anyone's going to try to filibuster this one. Even DU thinks it's a go. Alito is not a scary guy. You may disagree with him, but he's no wild-eyed maniac. Unless he starts giggling or twitching during the hearings or has a nervous breakdown the Dems aren't going to risk a filibuster.

And here's an excellent Professor Bainbridge post on the Alito-objectors, and a very funny summation in the trackbacks from Uncorrelated "I would say that the liberal-left are tacitly conceding that they are hosed." Yup. That's my take too. I can't find the meat in the executive power meme.

As No Oil For Pacifists points out, Bush's position regarding the NSA call screenings is basically pretty much that of several administrations before him. I'd love to see a real, resounding and pragmatic debate on these issues. Trying to pretend that Bush suddenly and radically broke with precedent isn't going to cut it, because it is pure fantasy. The idea that Bush can declare a presumably traitorous citizen an enemy combatant is a departure. My guess is that Alito would say no, but I suppose I should wait and see on that one.

But the whole thing is worthwhile just to hear Ted Kennedy babble about youthful indiscretion.
Yes, that was memorable.

Also Schumer's weighty concerns about privacy - apparently they don't extend to the privacy of your political opponent's credit report. They do seem to be taking this more seriously than the Roberts hearings though. Let's hope for a better performance.
It's interesting to note that the Justices the Dems are so fond of, were appointed by Republicans.
Good point!
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