Bush wasted no time in announcing his new (Post-Harriet) choice to replace Sandra Day O’Connor. His nominee is Samuel A. Alito, a judge with “more prior judicial experience than any Supreme Court nominee in more than 70 years.”
Alito, 55, serves on the Philadelphia-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, where his record on abortion rights and church-state issues has been widely applauded by conservatives and criticized by liberals.
Alito, appointed to the appeals court in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, has been a regular for years on the White House’s short list for the high court. He was also among those proposed by conservative intellectuals as an alternative to Harriet Miers, the White House counsel who withdrew as the nominee last week.
And so, we start this ugly process all over again. More posturing, more pontificating, more alarm-raising, more false indignation, more ‘over my dead body’ threatening, more ‘I’ll chain myself to the fence’ announcing…more everything.
Bring it on.