Bush Chooses "Scalito"
Dubya put and end to the Harriet Miers debacle this morning, nominating U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court. Alito has been on that court since 1990, when he was appointed by Dubya's Daddy. A well known conservative, Alito has been nicknamed "Scalito" by some lawyers because his judicial philosophy mirrors that of Antonin Scalia (or "Anthony Scalia" as Dubs used to call him), the most conservative member of the current court. Dubya seems to have gone in the opposite direction with this pick, replacing Miers (woman, backwater law school, no judicial experience, moderate) with Alito (male, ivy league, extensive judicial experience, very conservative). I'm predicting an intense fight over this nomination, possibly even a fillibuster. Alito was the lone dissenter on the 3rd Circuit in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the landmark case that upheld Roe v. Wade (although Alito later voted to strike down a state partial birth abortion ban because it made no exception for the life of the mother). Thoughts?