Alito: Up To The Task…
…and, we might add, taking no guff from Teddy Kennedy:
…[A]t…times, he silenced Democrats by the directness of his responses. Asked by Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts about an endorsement of “the supremacy of the elected branches of government” in the 1985 job application, Judge Alito simply disavowed it.
“It’s an inapt phrase,” he said, “and I certainly didn’t mean that literally at the time, and I wouldn’t say that today. The branches of government are equal.”
Mr. Kennedy followed up. “So you’ve changed your mind?” he asked.
“No, I haven’t changed my mind, senator,” Judge Alito responded. “But the phrasing there is very misleading and incorrect.”
The Democrats made no progress whatsoever:
If Senate Democrats had set out to portray Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. as extreme on issues ranging from abortion to government surveillance of citizens, they ran up against an elusive target on Tuesday: Samuel A. Alito Jr. For nearly eight hours, Judge Alito was placid, monochromatic and, it seemed, mostly untouchable.
There will no filibuster. Alito will be confirmed, and the Coalition vindicated on the only stage that matters…