Monday, January 09, 2006

Shrinking Hatch

More Alito shrinkage

Using MS Word to summarize Orrin Hatch's (R-UT) opening statement:
Under the Constitution, the president, not the Senate, nominates and appoints judges. Judges must decide cases, not champion causes. Judges must settle legal disputes, not pursue agendas. Judges must interpret and apply the law, not make the law. Like Chief Justice Roberts and others before him, Judge Alito is already a federal judge. The third rule we should follow is considering Judge Alito’s entire record. We must apply a judicial, not a political, standard to this record. We can rise above that battle if we respect that judicial nominees are limited into what they may discuss, take each part of Judge Alito’s record on its own terms, consider Judge Alito’s entire record and apply a judicial, rather than a political, standard. Judge Alito, I know you. You’re an exceptional judge as well.


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