Today's news has been dominated by two items - the continued coverage of the CIA leak case and the nomination of Alito to the Supreme Court. More to come as I digest all of today's reading - but my initial thoughts on both:
- Alito is plain and simply a wingnut. W didnt' just nominate a pro-lifer to satisfy his base. He nominated a judicial and political crackpot that is so far right of "average" as to be out of most people's comprehension. W's nominee is a man that thinks Congress should NOT be able to ban the purchase of machine guns. That's right - given his way, Alito would let any crazy out there buy a machine gun (or two or three) and never consider it a crime until that same crazy used the gun to kill others. No matter what you feel about the existence of a right to bear arms - surely as sane people we can all agree that no private citizen has any need for a machine gun.
But, that is just one of many ridiculous opinions that paint Alito's judicial record. He also supported race-based discrimination and the legality of unauthorized strip searches (even when the subject is a 10-year-old girl!). And ladies, for those of us that don't remember the days when being a mother and being a professional were at odds . . . Alito would like us to return to the "good ol' days" of ladies that are barefoot and pregnant and at home with dinner on the table. And how, you ask, would he achieve this time travel? Alito would like to end the Family Medical Leave Act underwhich women are currently given time off to care for their newborn children.
There is no way around it - Alito is a menace to the judicial system and Democrats and moderate Republicans need to unite to block such a radical nomination.
- Libby and his lawyers are mounting defenses and looking for plea bargain opportunities, Cheney is replacing his indicted ex-aide and W is ignoring calls from both sides of the aisle for Rove's resignation . . . but the American people are not moving past the CIA leak nor ignoring the corruption that it has exposed. In fact, in the words of the latest Washington Post poll:
Barely a third of Americans -- 34 percent -- think Bush is doing a good job ensuring high ethics in government, which is slightly lower than President Bill Clinton's standing on this issue when he left office.
That's right - the majority of Americans now see good, wholesome, everyday W - the savior of the Republican party, the uniter, the restorer of decency to the White House as less ethical than (gasp) Bill Clinton.