Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), another member of the Gang of 14, said that "it's way too early to talk about extraordinary circumstances."No, Senator. It is way too LATE to talk about what was meant by "extraordinary circumstances." The only thing that was clear when you made your little deal last spring was that you would be making up the rules as you went along. Your little media-whore "gang" should have defined "extraordinary circumstances" a long time ago.
While nearly everyone questioned (never-been-Judge) Harriet Miers' qualifications for the SCOTUS, nobody, and I mean nobody, is doubting Alito's qualifications as a seasoned judge well-tested in Constitutional law. He has more experience on the federal bench than any Supreme Court nominee since before FDR was president. We have 15 years of court opinions written by this guy to look at, he has argued 12 cases before the Supreme Court (Miers - zero SCOTUS cases), so I don't want to hear one squeak out of Chucky Cheez Schumer, who said,
"As for Judge Alito, there is still a lot to be learned about him,"until he has spent the time necessary to peruse Alito's well-documented 15 years of court opinion from the Third District US Court of Appeals.
But, we get to hear lots of ranting and raving, from all the right (i.e., leftist) people, and I'm loving it. Check out Harry Reid, who supported the Miers nomination:
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Monday that he is "disappointed" in the pick of Alito in that he is not a "consensus nominee" and said one day earlier that that nominee would "create a lot of problems."And how about Ted Kennedy:
"Conservative activists forced Miers to withdraw from consideration for this same Supreme Court seat because she was not radical enough for them," he continued. "Now the Senate needs to find out if the man replacing Miers is too radical for the American people."
"Rather Than Selecting A Nominee For The Good Of The Nation And The Court, President Bush Has Picked A Nominee Whom He Hopes Will Stop The Massive Hemorrhaging Of Support On His Right Wing."Even John F'n Kerry piles on:
"Every American should be deeply concerned that the far right wing, which prevented Harriet Miers from even receiving a Senate hearing, is celebrating Judge Alito's nomination and urging the Senate to rubber stamp the swing vote on our rights and liberties."I don't really need to know anything more about Judge Alito. If Chucky Schumer, Dirty Harry Reid, Teddy Mary Jo Kennedy, and John F'n Kerry are pissed, that makes me happy. Yipeee!