Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Law group gives Alito top rating

Remember when the evil Republicans wanted to dismiss the American Bar Assoc. as a source of judicial nomination qualifications? The Dems. went bananas. Libs described the Bar Assoc. as a bipartisan organization and their grading of nominees was of paramount importance. well,well,well:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The American Bar Association gave U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito its top rating on Wednesday as backers and foes of the 55-year-old conservative geared up for next week's Senate confirmation hearing.

The ABA's Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary announced it had unanimously rated Alito as "well qualified" for a seat on the nation's highest court.

In assessing President George W. Bush's nominee, a federal appeals judge since 1990, the lawyer's group considered Alito's qualifications, integrity and judicial temperament.

In ultimately deciding whether to confirm him, the Republican-led Senate will also consider Alito's judicial philosophy and perhaps even his politics.

Backers portray Alito as a "mainstream conservative" who has been a fair-minded judge; critics cast him as a right-wing threat to abortion, civil rights and privacy.

Of course the left of the Left, like Shumer, Pelosi, etc. wouldn't vote to approve any of Dubya's nominees no matter who approves of his qualifications, it's not surprising to hear this kind of bile:

"It's always an uphill battle to defeat a Supreme Court nominee, but this is a fight worth having," Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women, told a news conference.

"Replacing Sandra Day O'Connor with Samuel Alito would set women back decades -- and unravel O'Connor's legacy of moderation on the court," Gandy said.

...pretty much the same thing they've said about every Repub. nominee.

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