Monday, October 31, 2005

Facts about Samuel Alito

As Democrats Lead Opposition, GOP Moderates May Control Vote Article indicates that if pro-choice Republicans stand their ground Alito nomination could be squelched. That's a big "IF".

Samuel Alito’s America
Alito dissented from a decision in favor of a Marriott Hotel manager who said she had been discriminated against on the basis of race. The majority explained that Alito would have protected racist employers by “immuniz[ing] an employer from the reach of Title VII if the employer’s belief that it had selected the ‘best’ candidate was the result of conscious racial bias.” [Bray v. Marriott Hotels, 1997]
Article contains an important list of Alito's positions.

'A Pattern of Conservatism'
In terms of politics, he is a very conservative judge. His judicial opinions have shown a pattern of conservatism that Roberts’s lower court opinions did not show. It might simply be that Judge Alito has been on the court a long time. But he’s had more than three dozen dissenting opinions and the overwhelming majority of them are more conservative than the court itself…This is particularly noteworthy because the court he is on is already very conservative.

...a woman and child who were strip searched sued and the court allowed the case against the police officers to go forward. But he dissented. There’s a case in which reporters were held to be under the protection of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Alito dissented. In another workers’ rights case, a court found that a coal processing site would fall under the legal term of a mine so its workers were subject to the protection of agencies that regulate coal mines. Alito dissented and said no, it was not a mine… There’s a long list of cases like this. I’ve read basically all the dissents and the pattern is almost unmistakable.

Alito v O'Connor How else the white male nominee differs from retiring justice.

Potentially, the First Shot in All-Out Ideological War
Conservatives' willingness to scuttle Ms. Miers's nomination without so much as a hearing cast doubt on their longstanding insistence that all judicial nominees should be entitled to an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor without the threat of a filibuster...

Alito Leans Right Where O'Connor Swung Left
In 2000, Alito ruled that a federal law requiring time off for family and medical emergencies could not be used to sue state employers for damages; three years later, O'Connor was part of a Supreme Court majority that said it could.
Absolutely. Republican Supreme Court Nominees must oppose worker's rights.

Alito Nomination Ignites Costly Battle: Alito approval could cost Republicans their Senate majority.
"Bush will probably win this fight, but at what price?" said the top political advisor to one Republican senator, who asked not to be named when discussing Alito's nomination.


Bush's approval rating has fallen to around 40% in recent polls.

Although Bush won't face voters again, presidents with approval ratings this low have often seen their party lose seats in congressional midterm elections.

Alito Nomination Sets Stage for Ideological Battle

The Morning After


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