Friday, January 13, 2006

Abortion Politics - Newsweek Politics -

Abortion Politics - Newsweek Politics -

i like roberts, he's credentialed sensible and reasonable.
roe v wade, is "settled law"

scalioto has been coached, he is not transparent, carries an agenda, from KOS

BorkAlito: Personal Views from KOS
by Armando
Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 01:27:09 PM PDT
One of the things that bothers me the most is this idea that BorkAlito's personal views on abortion are the problem. And that his saying his personal views don't effect his judicial decisionmaking actually means something. For example:
Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, who expressed strong opposition to abortion rights two decades ago, pledged Friday that his personal views on the subject "would not be a factor" in his rulings, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said.
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) said Alito had told him in a private meeting that "with respect to his personal views on a woman's right to choose ... that is not a matter to be considered in the deliberation on a constitutional issue of a woman's right to choose. The judicial role is entirely different."
Alito repeated this irrelevancy in the hearings. But I don't care about Alito's personal views of abortion. I care about his personal views of the Constitution:
Most recently, it has been an honor and source of personal satisfaction for me to serve in the office of the Solicitor General during President Reagan's administration and to help to advance legal positions in which I personally believe very strongly. I am particularly proud of my contributions in recent cases which the government has argued in the Supreme Court that racial and ethnic quotas should not be allowed and that the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion.
As for precedent, Alito said this:
[Alito] made a point of saying both to Senator Specter, and again to Senator Feinstein, that the principle of stare decisis -- respecting a past precedent -- is not `an inexorable command.'
Now of course, these are Alito's "personal views" -- of the law. Does Alito's conception of the "judicial role" mean he is going to vote based on Harry Blackmun's personal views of the law? Of course not.
So Senator Specter, et al., do NOT think you are kidding anybody. You are no more pro-choice than Sam Brownback when it comes to the Alito nomination.
Yes, there are NO pro-choice Republicans.
And all you Democratic Senators who dream of being President someday, remember that Alito is 55, he'll be around for a while. And when you want to call yourself pro-choice when you run for President, I guarantee you someone will be there to remind folks how you voted on the Samuel Alito nomination.


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