The senate committee hearings for Judge Alito are now in full swing.
Judge Samuel Alito calmly deflected senators’ questions about abortion rights and presidential power Tuesday as he pledged to keep an open mind if confirmed for the Supreme Court and insisted that no person is above the law, including the president of the United States.
During a marathon question-and-answer session spanning more than eight hours, Alito told Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) that he believes in the right to privacy, as well as the principle of stare decisis, in which legal precedents should be overturned only rarely, for the sake of consistency in the law.
“People have a right to privacy in their homes and in their papers and in their persons,” Alito said.
The right to privacy, and the subsequent right to an abortion, is one of the issues that hangs in the balance with Alito’s nomination to replace Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, prompting repeated questions on the subject. Alito’s prominent mentions of the right to privacy and the power of precedent appeared to be an attempt to placate abortion rights supporters who fear he would vote to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade abortion case.
I’m not going to pretend that I’ve watched more than a few moments and, as I’ve said before that I think it’s already a done deal. What I have seen is about what I expected: Sens. Kennedy, Biden and Schumer essentially looking like caricatures of themselves while an atmosphere of oppressive tedium covers all.
On the other hand, as a concerned citizen, I feel it is my responsibility to participate in this process in at least some capacity. In that spirit, therefore, I offer
ROBBO’S TOP TEN USELESS ALITO CONFIRMATION QUESTIONS:
10. Yes or no – have you stopped beating your wife?
9. If you had a hammer, would you hammer in the morning or the evening and why?
Go read the rest. Personally, I think #5 just begs to be asked of this nominee.