October 31, 2005

AP Sez Alito! -- and It's Now Official

Hatched by Dafydd

AP says that President Bush has selected Judge Samuel Alito to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. And President Bush is currently announcing Judge Alito's nomination even as I type these words.

Here is Alito's c.v. from the Federal Judicial Center:

Born 1950 in Trenton, NJ

Federal Judicial Service:
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Nominated by George H.W. Bush on February 20, 1990, to a seat vacated by John Joseph Gibbons; Confirmed by the Senate on April 27, 1990, and received commission on April 30, 1990.

Princeton University, A.B., 1972

Yale Law School, J.D., 1975

Professional Career:
Law clerk, Hon. Leonard I. Garth, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1976-1977
Assistant U.S. attorney, District of New Jersey, 1977-1981
Assistant to the U.S. solicitor general, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, 1981-1985
Deputy assistant U.S. attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, 1985-1987
U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, 1987-1990

Race or Ethnicity: White

Gender: Male

(To find this, go here and type alito,samuel in the text box, and press Enter; click on the link that appears.)

I would love to see Patterico scramble to explain this post! Relevant quote:

If you believe this commenter at Confirm Them, Alito is out because Arlen Specter doesn’t like him. [Please see both updates to this post.]

Good Lord. Does Bush want Specter’s blessing or that of his base? Because they’re not the same thing.

Has he learned nothing from the Miers debacle?

Heh... we went from "if you believe" to "has he learned nothing -- ?" in just five sentences!

Patterico reminds me of Mark Twain's story about a cat who sat on a hot stove. It was such a painful lesson that he never sat on a hot stove again.

Trouble was, he never again sat on a cold stove, either!

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, October 31, 2005, at the time of 4:24 AM

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The following hissed in response by: Patterico

Hey, if I didn't think there was a good chance of his being nominated, I wouldn't have spent all that time on an in-depth analysis of his dissent in Casey.

The above hissed in response by: Patterico [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 31, 2005 6:05 AM

The following hissed in response by: RBMN

My psychic powers are already picking up a liberal theme about Alito ... channeling the ghost of Molly Yard now ... picking up: "Alito is unacceptable ... America because ... he's hostile ... insensitive to ... women's rights ... and women's ... puberty? No, privacy. He's insensitive to women's privacy ... voice coming in clearer now ... JUDGE ALITO CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO SEND AMERICA'S POOREST WOMEN BACK TO HAVING BACK-ALLEY ABORTIONS BAREFOOT IN THIER KITCHEN!! NEVER AGAIN!! NEVER!!!!" Ooops. Lost the signal.

The above hissed in response by: RBMN [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 31, 2005 10:53 AM

The following hissed in response by: Bill Faith

I've linked to your post from my A Halloween Treat, Or Another Trick? :: Update: A Treat !!! post. My post  also contains a great relevant cartoon I swiped from Mike at Ipso Facto, a site I hope everyone catches on and bookmarks soon.

The above hissed in response by: Bill Faith [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 31, 2005 1:27 PM

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