October 31, 2005

BEST HEADLINE OF THE DAY:

Bush To Dems: Boo! (Andrew Cohen, Oct. 31, 2005, CBS News)

[H]e is to the right of the Court's current majority when it comes to abortion rights — he voted for a marital notice provision in an abortion law early in his career as a judge — and his ascension to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's seat would immediately narrow that majority in practical ways.

If he gets to the Court in time, he might even have a say in the pending abortion rights case this term that will determine whether Congress can ban a certain type of late-term abortion procedure.

Alito also could change the Court's fragile balance when it comes to Establishment Clause cases involving religious symbols on public property. He's already on the record as favoring a weakened wall between church and state.

Moreover, he is on the record as favoring a strong executive branch at the expense of both Congress and the judiciary (and many would argue "civil liberties"), which relates directly to the current administration's stance toward the legal war on terror.

If right-wing interest groups were to offer to their constituents a pin-up poster for "Most Promising Justice," Judge Alito's glamour shot would be a best-seller.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 31, 2005 5:04 PM
Comments

Even if it wasn't Halloween, having a judge nominated out of a court in Philadelphia makes the word "boo" appropriate in the headline.

Posted by: John at October 31, 2005 7:32 PM

And the Rats' reply: Boo Hoo!

Posted by: obc at October 31, 2005 8:36 PM
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