Thursday, November 03, 2005

I Love Being Right

Mouldfan expressed some doubt the other day about a suggestion that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) might be trying to delay the confirmation of Samuel J. Alito, Jr., to the United States Supreme Court in order to squeeze a couple more free-association votes out of Sandra Day O'Connor.

This Los Angeles Times article seems to support at least the basic premise that Democrats are in no rush to confirm Alito before the start of 2006. Particularly galling is the following comment by one of the Democrat Party's architects of their official policy of obstructing nominees, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.):
"I don't know how you would do a fair and an honest hearing by the end of the
year," said the committee's senior Democrat, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont.
"We do have 3,500 opinions he's written. We have thousands of pages in the
archives at the Reagan Library."

Spare me, Senator. You guys have been reading decisions authored by, and digging up dirt on, dozens of President Bush's potential nominees before a name was ever put forward. Alito was most certainly one of them (unless, of course, your post-nomination commentary about the nominee was not based upon any actual facts). To pretend that, all of a sudden, you are seeking to explore his judicial record because you do not know anything about it, is absurd.

Also, consider this paragraph in light of the thesis of this post:
If her seat is not filled by January, O'Connor could play a key role in several
pending cases. In early October, the justices heard arguments in an Oregon case
that will decide whether states may permit doctors to give a lethal dose of
medication to a terminally ill person who requests it. The Bush administration
says that state law violates the federal drug control laws.
Hey, Senate: The priority here should not be December junkets. It should be holding hearings and having a complete Court by the first session of the New Year.

Get your act together. Confirm before Christmas.

UPDATE: The latest stories have Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) saying that the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin its confirmation hearings on January 9, 2006, with an eye toward a confirmation vote on January 20. If the Senate is not planning on doing any work between Thanksgiving and New Years Day, I want them to send their paychecks for that period back to the Treasury.

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