Monday, January 09, 2006

Shrinking Specter

More Alito shrinkage

Using MS Word to summarize Specter's opening statement:
Hearings for a Supreme Court nominee should not have a political tilt for either Republicans or Democrats. The Constitution calls for the United States Senate to confirm or reject the President’s nominee and this hearing is the Senate’s way to evaluate his qualifications.

In addition to the relative constitutional powers of Congress and the President, I intend to question Judge Alito about the recent decisions in which the Supreme Court has denigrated Congress in holding legislation unconstitutional.

Perhaps the dominant issue is the widespread concern about Judge Alito’s position on a woman’s right to choose. Justices O’Connor and Kennedy were outspoken in opposition to abortion rights before joining the Court. At the time of Justice Souter’s confirmation hearing, there was a “Stop Souter Rally” by the National Organization for Women on Capitol Hill. Years after their hearings, Supreme Court justices talk to me about our dialogues at their hearings.

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