Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Gang Of 14 Behind Alito

If Senate Democrats seek a fillisbuster to delay the nomination of Judge Alito to the SCOTUS, it looks pretty clear that we have to votes to invoke the constitutional option. (HT: Power Line) From the Washington Times:
Senate Republicans said yesterday they will use the "nuclear option" to ban judicial filibusters if Democrats try using the tactic to block the confirmation of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court...

Most Republicans have said they support using the "nuclear option" to break any new filibusters against judicial nominees such as Judge Alito. But for Republicans to ban judicial filibusters, they need the support of at least three Republicans in the Gang of 14.

Four Republicans and two Democrats [from the Gang of 14] have found no "extraordinary circumstances" with the Alito nomination. Although that number is not enough to prevent Democrats from filibustering the nomination, it is enough to employ the nuclear option.
It's very encouraging to see that the GOP is pledged to get an up-or-down vote on Alito, especially since they now have the votes to do it. In all likelihood, we should see Alito seated on the SCOTUS by the beginning of next year.