Monday, October 31, 2005

The Main Event

President Bush has nominated conservative judge Samuel Alito to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. By all accounts Alito is sharp and distinguished judge who has admirers in both the conservative and liberal camps (though the latter admire the man more than his judicial decisions).

This is the huge fight for which both sides have been waiting. Some have waited with keen anticipation; they live for the battle. Others have resigned themselves to a very unpleasant political season. And the Miers nomination is now relegated to a vaguely-remembered distraction.

Democratic Senator Harry Reid evidently told Bush in advance that he best not stir the pot with an Alito nomination. I'm sure that went over well.

Over at the The Huffington Post blog and Daily Kos the foot soldiers are ready for battle. Is the Bush administration ready? The Republicans? Conservatives? I don't usually agree with the manic liberal tendency to view all political conflicts as the mother of all fights, but I think they are right on this one. This battle will have to be fought on every level: in congress, in the press, on TV ads, through grass-roots activism, and in the back rooms where arms are twisted and ultimatums are issued through gritted teeth. The loser may be the party who cannot get their "independents" in line.

Jonah Goldberg, over at National Review Online, had this memorable call to arms:

"The seventh seal has been broken, the goat entrails point toward gotterdamerung, it's on."

Let's hope the goat entrails speak the truth this time.


At 3:53 PM, Blogger Norma said...

I've been surprised through this whole thing by how many Republicans want this fight because they think in the hearings the Dems will look so bad to the general public, they'll lose votes.

At 2:45 AM, Blogger Hunkston said...

One of my buddy's recently got into some trouble at a bar and the short story is he was arrested on assault charges which are ridiculous we were there and watched as a random guy came up to him punched him in the face and began repeatedly beating him. He stood up to defend himself and in the crossfire the wasted dude fell and banged his head on the kerb. The cops show up and don't want to hear us and arrest him.
It all got cleared up in the end but had that have gone to court and my friend had to have paid court bonds could he have claimed them back or even sued the police force for wrongful arrest? Also where would be the best place for getting bonded?


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