November 2, 2005 by lonbud
Divided We Fall
Giving once more the lie to his Campaign 2000 pledge to be “a uniter, not a divider,” President George W. Bush has named Judge Samuel J. Alito, Jr. of the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals his newest nominee to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the United States Supreme Court.
Having failed to get his very own personal attorney seated on the High Court, the President turned to a deep pool of unabashed conservative judicial temperaments to proffer Judge Alito — and his erstwhile rebellious base returned to the fold, extolling a dream selection.
Amazingly, the President made no bones about his desire to have Justice Alito confirmed by Christmas — and seated on the bench with the beginning of the Court’s term in the new year. While one might hope the Seante would drop everything else it purports to concern itself with to take up an inquiry into His Honor’s qualifications, it seems unlikely any true consensus could be formed around this man in so short a space.
People with good sense are wary of that dissent in which the Judge argued a married woman ought to be legally obligated to inform her husband prior to choosing an abortion; those wary of encroachments on personal freedoms, or concerned a myopically pro-business perspective might not be in the best interests of all Americans, ought to demand a thorough examination of Mr. Alito’s extensive history of opinions and rulings from the bench.
Whether the so-called opposition party in Congress is up to such a challenge is a matter of some debate; whether vociferous complaint of the nominee’s clearly conservative turn of mind is in the nation’s best interest is likewise a proposition with many facets.
The Alioto nomination is a poke in the eye to those on both the Left and the Right who rebuffed Mr. Bush’s misguided dreams in the appointment of Harriet Miers, who was so obviously unqualified to the position she failed to properly complete the Senate Judiciary Committee’s preliminary questionnaire of her curriculum vitiae.
In a fit of pique Mr. Bush has now served up a candidate who has visions of a lifetime of power and glory dancing in the heads of corporate executives and theocratic scolds throughout the land. Forget all notions of moderation, of long-term stability, or judicial rectitude.
There’s an apocolypse coming, and George W. Bush aims to have his peeps damn well ready for it.