Monday, November 14, 2005

The Stakes Are Raised For Alito

The Washington Times' Bill Sammon offers a very big story this morning:
Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., President Bush's Supreme Court nominee, wrote that "the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion" in a 1985 document obtained by The Washington Times.

"I personally believe very strongly" in this legal position, Mr. Alito wrote on his application to become deputy assistant to Attorney General Edwin I. Meese III.

The document, which is likely to inflame liberals who oppose Judge Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court, is among many that the White House will release today from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
This 1985 document confirms what most of the GOP assumed when Alito became the president's most recent nomination to the SCOTUS: that the he is a solid conservative Judge.

His statement in the 20 year old document does not guarantee his vote to overturn Roe v. Wade or Planned Parenthood v. Casey, however, but it does give a decisive stance on how Alito reasons about the abortion issue, and it does make an overturning vote likely.

With this prospect now out in the open, this nomination takes on much greater importance for the left. If the pro-abortion stance of the left is as important as they say it is, then the Dems must seek to block Alito's nomination. Yet this would greatly change the precedent for the confirmation process of judicial nominees.

One of the benefits of Alito's 15 year service of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals is his long, undeniably sound judicial track record. To block the nomination, the Democrats would essentially be disregarding this record, along with Alito's other qualifications, and denying him confirmation on the grounds of his ideology. They would have to openly admit to a position implying that a solid judicial track record is not worth anything if a judge does not agree with their political views.

Furthermore, if the pro-abortion Democrat caucus can't stop the nomination, then the president has the leverage to choose similarly solid conservatives in his future SCOTUS appointments. As long as the GOP retains a solid majority in the Senate, and as long as the constitutional option is still a legitimate threat, the president can be highly confident in nominating very solidly conservative judges.

But don't expect the left to give up without a fight. There are plenty of liberal coalitions who are gearing up to take down Alito.

And Democrat Minority Leader Ralph Neas is fuming. I'm sure there's more where that came from.

Stay tuned in to Confirm Them for the latest reactions/information regarding the document.