Friday, November 11, 2005

Alito in the News

At this point it is likely that he will be confirmed, but two potential trouble spots.

1) His not disqualifying himself from cases that it appears that he indicated that he would is troubling and a potential opening for attack. And it is not just a Democratic concern, Professor Bainbridge (hardly a crazed left winger) has expressed concerns about the defense that the WH has given so far. Obviously a broken promise of this sort could be a major issue. Still too early to tell, but look for this issue to ripen in the next few days.

2) Apparently not all conservatives are happy with the nomination. Some groups are expressing the worry that he is not being outspoken enough on his anti-abortion position, and that some of his rulings are troubling. Expect this issue to percolate just under the surface among the right side of the political spectrum.

More interesting news later.