Monday, October 31, 2005

Bush back on Dobson's leash

From Think Progress:

ALITO WOULD OVERTURN ROE V. WADE
ALITO WOULD ALLOW RACE-BASED DISCRIMINATION
ALITO WOULD ALLOW DISABILITY-BASED DISCRIMINATION
ALITO WOULD STRIKE DOWN THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT
ALITO SUPPORTS UNAUTHORIZED STRIP SEARCHES
ALITO HOSTILE TOWARD IMMIGRANTS

Some reactions:

“Judge Alito is exactly the far-right nominee that the Republican Party’s reactionary wing demanded after it ’Borked’ Harriet Miers. Judge Alito is to the right of the existing Supreme Court on abortion, and he’s to the right of all nine justices, even Scalia and Thomas, in advocating an extremely high burden of proof for employment discrimination cases.” – Scott Moss, Marquette University Law School professor.

“Rather than selecting a nominee for the good of the nation and the court, President Bush has picked a nominee whom he hopes will stop the massive hemorrhaging of support on his right wing. This is a nomination based on weakness, not strength.” – Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass.

“President Bush put the demands of his far-right political base above Americans’ constitutional rights and legal protections by nominating federal appeals court Judge Samuel Alito to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.” – Ralph Neas, president of the liberal People For the American Way.

“It is sad that the president felt he had to pick a nominee likely to divide America instead of choosing a nominee in the mold of Sandra Day O’Connor, who would unify us. This controversial nominee, who would make the court less diverse and far more conservative, will get very careful scrutiny from the Senate and from the American people.” – Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

“Now the gauntlet has been, I think, thrown down. It was humiliating, it was degrading and it’s a profound and distributing view of Judge Alito that he would uphold spousal notification as he did in the Pennsylvania case, and it raises concerns about his views of women.” – Kate Michelman, former president of NARAL-Pro Choice America.

If the Dems are ever going to start fighting for the American people, now's the time.

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