Battlepanda: Well, good!


Always trying to figure things out with the minimum of bullshit and the maximum of belligerence.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Well, good!

John Cole moans "When the NY Times reads like MoveOn, the media bashers may have a point." I say "Thanks, John", for pointing out an interesting part of a paper that I don't even read that much anymore. Seriously though. It's not like "the media bashers" are ever going to think the New York Times is anything other than the Devil's broadsheet anyhow. To try and appease them is no way to run a papaer.
Judge Samuel Alito Jr., whose entire history suggests that he holds extreme views about the expansive powers of the presidency and the limited role of Congress, will almost certainly be a Supreme Court justice soon. His elevation will come courtesy of a president whose grandiose vision of his own powers threatens to undermine the nation’s basic philosophy of government — and a Senate that seems eager to cooperate by rolling over and playing dead.

It is hard to imagine a moment when it would be more appropriate for senators to fight for a principle. Even a losing battle would draw the public’s attention to the import of this nomination.


Senate Democrats, who presented a united front against the nomination of Judge Alito in the Judiciary Committee, seem unwilling to risk the public criticism that might come with a filibuster — particularly since there is very little chance it would work. Judge Alito’s supporters would almost certainly be able to muster the 60 senators necessary to put the nomination to a final vote.

A filibuster is a radical tool. It’s easy to see why Democrats are frightened of it. But from our perspective, there are some things far more frightening. One of them is Samuel Alito on the Supreme Court.