Monday, October 31, 2005

Now we're talking

The President has named Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to be his new SCOTUS nominee. In addition to the fact that he serves on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Alito already has two other things in his favor:

  1. Harry Reid doesn't like him.
  2. His nickname is "Scalito" due to the fact that his philosophy closely mirrors that of Justice Antonin Scalia

Reid has already threatened a filibuster. And that brings us more good news:

But Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, fired back Sunday, saying that if the Democrats staged a filibuster against Judge Alito or Judge Luttig because of their conservatism, "the filibuster will not stand."

Mr. Graham's warning was significant because he played a crucial role earlier this year in helping block a Republican effort to change the Senate rules - known as the nuclear option - so that Democrats could not filibuster judicial nominees. His comments on Sunday indicated that this time, he would support that rule change;

Now that's more like it. Bye bye, Gang of 14 ... hello spine...

I am beginning to realize that Harriet Miers is the best thing that has happened to Republicans in a long time. Her nomination has fired up the party's base and united them in a way that few other things could have. As a result conservatives have reaffirmed their core principles and demanded that the people they put in office start adhering to them.

Now here's a question: If Bush had nominated Alito instead of Miers a few weeks ago, would Graham have even been hinting at the nuclear option the way he is today? My guess is no. As a result of Miers, the base has stood up and made their message clear: "We want a hard-line conservative, and we'll accept nothing less than confirmation".

In spite of all the reports of an imminent melt-down, this turn of events has only served to strengthen the Right. So much so that it almost makes me wonder if our President was crazy like a fox when he nominated Miers.

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