Reid has Hissy Fit over the Alito pick.
(My comments in [ ] ~ Oxen.)
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid issued the following statement regarding the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court.
"The nomination of Judge Alito requires an especially long hard look [i.e... Filibuster] by the Senate because of what happened last week to Harriet Miers. Conservative activists forced Miers to withdraw from consideration for this same Supreme Court seat because she was not radical enough for them. [Not radical enough? The more writings that came out on her showed she could turn out to be a radical for the LEFT!] Now the Senate needs to find out if the man replacing Miers is too radical for the American people. [Harry's definition of "radical" is someone that believes the constitution means what it says and isn't a "living breathing document."]
"I am disappointed in this choice for several reasons. First, unlike previous nominations, this one was not the product of consultation with Senate Democrats. ["A product of consultation?" Yeah, try finding that in the Constitution.] Last Friday, Senator Leahy and I wrote to President Bush urging him to work with us to find a consensus nominee. ["consensus nominee" = someone that finds the word "abortion" in the Constitution.] The President has rejected that approach. [Because you're in the MINORITY, your party lost in 2004, deal with it.]
"Second, this appointment ignores the value of diverse backgrounds and perspectives on the Supreme Court. The President has chosen a man to replace Sandra Day O’Connor, one of only two women on the Court. For the third time, he has declined to make history by nominating the first Hispanic to the Court. [I'm sorry, when did the SCOTUS start a quota system?] And he has chosen yet another federal appellate judge to join a court that already has eight justices with that narrow background. President Bush would leave the Supreme Court looking less like America and more like an old boys club.
"Justice O’Connor has been the deciding vote in key cases protecting individual rights [i.e...abortion.] and freedoms on a narrowly divided Court. The stakes in selecting her replacement are high. [FOR THE LAST F**KING TIME, THE PRESIDENT ISN'T "REPLACING" O'CONNOR, HE'S FILLING A VACANT SEAT!! No where does it say when a justice is appointed does s/he have to vote in the same way as their predecessor. Ginsburg took the seat of Byron White who voted AGAINST Roe & Casey. Did the dems call for someone that held his same judicial philosophies back in 1993?]
"I look forward to meeting Judge Alito and learning why those who want to pack the Court with judicial activists are so much more enthusiastic about him than they were about Harriet Miers.” [Oh come on Harry just say EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES, ya know ya want to!]