Happy Halloween! The Wingnuts of America came trick or treating at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave this morning and look what Bush tossed in their baskets?
Samuel Alito, the spookiest right-wing Supreme Court nominee he could find.
You'll hear a lot about some of Alito's other decisions in the coming days, including his vote to limit Congress' power to ban even machine-gun possession, and his ruling that broadened police search powers to include the right to strip-search a drug dealer's wife and 10-year-old daughter—although they were not mentioned in the search warrant. He upheld a Christmas display against an Establishment Clause challenge. His prior rulings show that he would raise the barriers for victims of sex discrimination to seek redress in the courts. He would change the standard for analyzing race discrimination claims to such an extent that his colleagues on the court of appeals fretted that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, would be “eviscerated” under his view of the law. He sought to narrow the Family and Medical Leave Act such that states would be immune from suit—a position the Supreme Court later rejected. In an antitrust case involving the Scotch tape giant 3M, he took a position described by a colleague as likely to weaken a provision of the Sherman Antitrust Act to “the point of impotence.”
That's right. He opposes the Family and Medical Leave Act that allows people to take 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a newborn or sick family member. Compassionate conservatism at it's finest. Not even mentioned above are his abortion-related rulings.
This nomination is the equivalent of using both hands to clear the Oval Office desk of 2000 dead soldiers in Iraq, an indictment of one of the chief architects of the Iraq War, and the botched nomination of Harriet Miers. “Pay attention to none of that! We need to get back to fighting libruls and get my my approval ratings out of the crapper.”
This is the ugly Supreme Court nomination battle you've all been waiting (or not) for.