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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

The Coming Armageddon

Truth is, I don't know why there is such a battle on the horizon. To steal from George Will (something I'm not entirely averse to) the main arguments against Alito are either a: He's a conservative, and we don't like their kind or b: the President must "pull together" the country by not taking advantage of his office by changing the balance of the Court". Others have argued that Alito would argue for a stricter interpretation of the Commerce Clause, eliminating many of the sacred cows of the politicos, an idea that is about as popular in D.C. as Michael Moore at Old Country Buffet. The underlying objection is, of course, Roe. Why not change the makeup of the Court? Because Roe might be overturned. Why not have strict interpretations on the Court? Because Roe might be overturned. If it is, then, horror or horrors, the question will be left up to the people, the great unwashed, who don't always agree with the enlightened, euro-sensibilities of the Court and the "civilized" left. Frankly, the idea of a battle for this candidate excites me. The old Nordic blood-lust is rising within me, and I haven't even had my mead for the day. This is just the sort of political battle over Roe that the Left has been trying to quelch. They want to make the decisions for everyone. Hopefully there will be a fight, and the Dems won't desert their principles as egregiously as the Republicans have this term. In any case, I look forward to it. My best case scenario is that Alito is fought tooth and nail by all the snide and snooty Senators, and still manages to barely pass, and then turns out to be a good justice. And reads this post, and hires me to some sort of well paying position, and introduces me to his daughter. That'd be sweet.


The question is about Roe, and yes let's bring on the battle. But is anybody still disappointed that the President thought he could avoid this grand, important debate by nominating the "stealthy" abortion foe, Harriet Miers. I recall one news report that indicated Bush had Alito pegged as his top choice before settling (on whose advice, might I ask) for Miers due to her provenance outside the judiciary. While I admit it's better late than never to make the right pick, to me, this ordeal hints at a weak leader on important issues. I doubt we can still be surprised after this enormous opportunity went nearly squandered, that other big issues opportunities may be left unattended.
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