It’s Good News, Bad News For Alito
The newest ABC News-WaPo Poll shows support to be, well, tepid, but still more support than opposition:
Alito begins the confirmation process with the support of 49 percent of the public, while 30 percent currently say he should not be confirmed, the poll found. One in four Americans — 24 percent — did not yet know enough about him to make a judgment.
While the report makes clear that there is still a bit of salesmanship that needs to take place, one must keep in mind is that Alito, from all indications, will have the support of those that count – the Republicans in the Senate, and the Gang of 14. Indeed, it appears there is no chance of a successful filibuster. Here’s Joe Lieberman, after the Gang of 14 met today:
…if any of us ever come to a point where we are thinking that we may in this nomination have seen something that looks like extraordinary circumstances, that we will come back to the group and reason together. That’s the spirit in which the gang of 14 came together.
But none of us reached that point. As Ben said, early in the process, a man with an enormous number of opinions that he’s written, judicial opinions that we all want to go over, and most of all, hear his testimony before the judiciary committee.
Still Chillin’? You bet I am…