Thursday, January 05, 2006
Dems: "Alito not in the mainstream"
ABA Rating Doesn't Shift Positions on Alito
"Leading Senate Democrats have said in the past that the ABA rating is the 'gold standard' for evaluating judicial nominees," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Wednesday.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., also expressed his satisfaction, though Senate Republicans said years ago that they wouldn't consider ABA rankings when evaluating judicial nominees.
"Judge Alito is right on track to become Justice Alito, and today's announcement of the ABA rating demonstrates what an overwhelming majority of Americans already believe that Judge Sam Alito is unquestionably well-qualified to serve on our nation's highest court," Frist said in a statement.
Conversely, Democrats who had previously relied on ABA grades, suggested that the well-qualified ranking doesn't mean so much anymore.
"The ABA ratings do not take into account whether a judge's judicial philosophy and views are in or out of the broad mainstream. That is the $64,000 question with Judge Alito, and we will have to wait for the hearings to get a better answer," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will begin the confirmation hearing on Monday.
....as if Schumer would actually vote for him. Yeah, right.