Saturday, January 14, 2006

It's Filibuster Time

As if anyone had any question about it, Specter won't stand on his principles. Rather he's rolling over for the party; he will have presided over the hearings that turned the SCOTUS over to neocon Christianists. : Democrats hint at seeking delay on vote for Alito

"While much was made during the hearings of Alito's refusal to say, as Roberts had, that Roe v. Wade is 'settled' law, Specter said: 'From my reading, I don't think there's a dime's worth of difference between what Chief Justice Roberts said and what Judge Alito said.'"

I agree with him. There's no difference between them. And they will preside over decisions that make it impossible for women to get abortions, though Roe v. Wade is unlikely to be overturned. States have de facto outlawed abortion for the poor while Roe is still law. On Alito's hit list next is married women.

But Alito has so many more problems than abortion. His rulings indicate that the law is a tool for the wealthy to gain advantage over the poor, the powerful corporate entity to cheat the individual.

This meshes perfectly with the Bush Empire doctrine, and Alito memos indicate he also believes in the theory of the Superior Executive Branch.

If Democrats do not filibuster this nominee, the Repubs might as well use the nuclear option anyway. We've now watched WingNut nominees stream into the judicial branch with barely a whimper from Dems.

While this will cause no loss of sleep for theocons (as Bush's packed court is going to be around for generations,) we have an unstoppable tradition now of allowing SCOTUS nominees to say absolutely nothing at the hearings.

The hearings are now less effective than the Bush presidency. Congress continues to willingly give up power, while Bush continues to grab it. Pathetic.

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