Overcompensating? President Bush, replacing the nominee run out of town by the conservative right, nominates Scalia-lite.
I’ve said before, that for me, more important than a nominee’s politics are his qualifications. I don’t count gender or race as a qualification, either way, even if the Senate Minority Leader does: “‘President Bush would leave the Supreme Court looking less like America and more like an old boys club,’ he said, referring to the fact that Alito is neither a woman nor a minority.” Beg your pardon? Where, exactly, in the constitution does it say that the Supreme Court is supposed to look like a demogrpahic cross-section of the country?
On the other hand, the man’s been a US Court of Appeals Judge for 15 years, has tried 12 cases in front of the Supreme Court and has been a prosecutor and government attorney. If he’s half as smart as Scalia, his politics don’t matter. He’s qualified. He might get Bork-ed by the Dems in the Senate anyway, which bugs me. Because, again, show me where in the Constitution appears the requirement that people agree with the politics of a Supreme Court judge.