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11/02/2005

Alito more conservative than Scalia?

That's what Slate's Dahlia Lithwick says, anyway.

I'm not sure which of Alito's opinions bothers me the most ... the one where he ruled that it was OK to strip-search a 10-year-old girl (HT: Scott Lemieux) because the police had a warrant to search her father?  Or the one where he expressed regret that the law makes a distinction between a fetus and a person?  Or the one where he declared that the state is permitted to require women to notify their husbands before obtaining an abortion?  Or the one .... well, you get the picture.  (All links via Bitch.)
 
We're about at the level of a crisis here.  This nomination must be stopped.
 
How, you ask?
 
Bork him.
 
Before all is said and done, Democrats should make sure that every voter in the nation understands that Supreme Court Justice Alito means an additional vote against Roe v. Wade - which, a majority of the public believes, should disqualify him from being on the Court.  They should also be aware that their senators are the ones who have the power to stop this, and should be held accountable if they vote to confirm him.
 
Rob at AMERICAblog has the right idea.  He's a bit more optimistic than I am, but he certainly perceives what the necessary means are to block this nomination:
 

Initial reaction to Scalito? The public is already on our side ... If it becomes clear Alito would vote to reverse Roe v. Wade, Americans would not want the Senate to confirm him, by 53% to 37%.

If most Senate Democrats oppose the nomination and decide to filibuster against Alito, 50% of Americans believe they would be justified, while 40% say they would not ...

Good news all around. And we're just starting. With the appropriate sized TV campaign, we're going to win this one hands down. But it will take a large, sustained, TV campaign. Moveon.org 's one off campaigns are great, but this one needs to be up on the air for the duration - 2 to 3 months, every day. It's going to cost millions of dollars, and it will be worth every penny. Consider it a down payment on 2006.

...the public is behind the Democrats right now, looking to them for leadership.

However, the Left often screws up just about now. They look at this kind of poll, say that the public is on our side, and then just watch when the Republicans start to a) lie regularly, and b) put up millions of dollars in lying ad campaigns. After $20 million TV campaigns, people change their minds. At the end of the day, the Left is always looking around trying to figure out what happened. Please let's not do this here.

But it's a good day, we are already winning this one

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