Sunday, January 15, 2006

The Washington Post Gets One Right... No, Really

For a newspaper that routinely publishes bad reporting and worse editorials, The Washington Post has finally done something sensible. Today the Post came out in support of Judge Samuel Alito, urging his confirmation to the SCOTUS:
THE SENATE'S decision concerning the confirmation of Samuel A. Alito Jr. is harder than the case last year of now-Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. Judge Alito's record raises concerns across a range of areas... Yet Judge Alito should be confirmed, both because of his positive qualities as an appellate judge and because of the dangerous precedent his rejection would set.

Despite their "reservations" about Judge Alito, the editors of the Post are forced to recognize that even they can't reasonably argue against him. Furthermore, they point out to key facts: first, blocking Alito's confirmation for ideological reasons would be a silly move by Senate Democrats, as this would set a very dangerous precedent, and second, the picture the Dems tried to paint of Alito is simply irresponsible and false:
...Some attacks on [Alito] by Democratic senators and liberal interest groups have misrepresented his jurisprudence.
and:
However one reasonably defines the "mainstream" of contemporary jurisprudence, Judge Alito's work lies within it.

These are important observations, and credit to the Post for making them. But the key to the entire article is found in the following graph:
Judge Alito is superbly qualified. His record on the bench is that of a thoughtful conservative, not a raging ideologue. He pays careful attention to the record and doesn't reach for the political outcomes he desires. His colleagues of all stripes speak highly of him. His integrity, notwithstanding efforts to smear him, remains unimpeached.

The writing is on the wall, and has been for quite some time. Judge Alito will be easily confirmed in both the Judiciary Committee and the full Senate vote this week. But even while big MSM outlets like the Post are throwing in the towel, don't expect any such action from big-wig Dems like Kennedy, Biden, Schumer, Leahy, etc. They're too far over the cliff to get caught up in facing reality. Nonetheless, it will be reassuring sight indeed to see Judge Alito become Justice Alito.