January 10, 2006

IF THEY DON'T HATE HIM THEY MUST NOT KNOW HIM:

Despite Advocacy, Alito Is Not on Public's Radar Screen (Dan Balz, January 10, 2006, Washington Post)

[A]ll the rhetoric has done little to polarize the public, even in an age in which sharp divisions are common. Not surprisingly, Republicans are generally united in favor of Alito's confirmation, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. More notable, given the possibility of a near party-line vote in the Senate, is that rank-and-file Democrats are almost evenly divided. The poll found that 40 percent of Democrats said Alito should be confirmed, while 39 percent said he should not. Self-identified liberals were almost as divided, with 38 percent saying they favor his confirmation and 44 percent saying they do not, with the rest undecided.

"A groundswell of opposition hasn't arisen," said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center for People and the Press, who said his organization's most recent poll showed that the Alito nomination is attracting minimal attention. "You're going to have to really get some significant news out of these hearings to move the needle in a negative way."

Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster, said three factors have helped defuse what many thought would be a huge fight: the holidays, the dominance of other issues, and the lack of an effective and overarching argument against Alito by Democrats.


Why does the lack of opposition indicate disinterest rather than agreement?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 10, 2006 10:43 AM
Comments

"the lack of an effective and overarching argument against Alito by Democrats."

Might have something to do with it.

Posted by: Genecis at January 10, 2006 11:00 AM

Well, if anyone still needed a weatherman to tell them which way the wind was blowing. . ..

This sort of reminds us of the old line about "How could Reagan be president--I don't know anybody who voted for him."

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 10, 2006 12:00 PM

So maybe Senator Specter scheduling these hearings on the heels of the holiday season wasn't such a bad idea?

Posted by: AC at January 10, 2006 12:12 PM
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