The Battle for the Bench

President Bush on Monday nominated Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court to replace the retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. While many Republicans praised the judicial nominee, Democrats wasted no time in publicly blasting him as "too radical."

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"Alito is a keeper. He has a long judicial record and impeccable credentials. Yes, he is conservative and, yes, he believes a judge should judge and not legislate. Neither are radical positions, as a majority of those voting in the last presidential election expressed the same views. The radicals in these matters are the people who insist that only those who share their views and opinions can sit in judgment of others and interpret the law." — Phil (Rensselaer, NY)

"This is getting really scary. The last time religion controlled politics, people were burnt at the stake!" — Tom (Pasadena, CA)

"An excellent nominee." — Lyle

"Justice Alito does not represent the mainstream and would therefore divide our country. It is clear that Bush thinks that it is more important to nominate someone he feels more comfortable with as opposed to doing what's best for this country. It sends a message to all minority groups in this country that Bush doesn't really care about you receiving representation on the High Court. It is a shame and a sham." Lenny (Watertown, MA)

"Bush tried an olive branch to the Democrats but instead of the Democrats helping him out some they just sat back and watched him squirm. Now it's payback time and if they want a fight this is the time to do it. The Republicans better find some backbone and back our president. We will be watching and we'll remember who chickened out. For five years the Democrats have done nothing but complain, put our troops in jeopardy and play a game of gotcha. It's time to bloody their nose some." — John

"I don't trust this president anymore. I voted for him, I admit it. I was one of the many who was tricked into thinking he would bring respect and accountability back to the White House. He has done the exact opposite. I can't support any decision he makes. His administration lied to get to war. The buck stops with the president in my book. Heck, Bush even said that once. He has no respect for actually government. He gives high-level posts to his crony pals. Mike Brown at FEMA was a major disaster. I could go on and on, sadly. So, I think it's a bad idea. Alito would be another pawn in Bush's pocket." — Jenna

"Judge Alito has a strong record and should be confirmed or not based on that record. The appearance is that the president has pandered to his conservative base during a time of flagging support, not inspiring much confidence in the broader electorate. That is separate and apart from whether or not this candidate is qualified and will serve well. I wish the choice had been ore obviously about qualifications and less obviously about appeasing a vocal minority though." — Kelly

"With the nomination of Mr. Alito President Bush got it right this time." — Bert

"I don't really care as long as the judge is fair and impartial when hearing a case. As for the Dems, they're going to whine and complain like toddlers in need of nap, just like they always do." — Beth (Sunrise, FL)

"Does anyone other than I wonder how the name of Meyers came about before someone like Alito? Democrat/Republican bashing aside, at least he has the qualifications to set in the seat." — Frank

"At least someone with brains picked Alito (i.e. Rove). They should've known better than to let Bush do something on his own and pick Miers. What a dope. We're lucky that Cheney is really running the show." — John (Chicago, IL)

"Be careful what you wish for! As a moderately conservative republican, I thought Miers was an excellent choice. After all, it is near the center where most of us reasonable folk live. While it's a president's prerogative to leave his ideological mark on the Supreme Court, it's also their prerogative to maintain it's balance. Miers struck me as the president replacing a centrist (Sandra Day O'Connor) with a centrist. It irked me how this choice got torpedoed by the conservative elements of my own party. I could understand choosing Alito if there was an extreme liberal activist on the court that needed to be balanced, but we've already got Scalia and Thomas covering that end of the spectrum. I see a nasty, divisive and unsuccessful confirmation process for Alito, similar to Robert Bork. I doubt he'll make it. Those on the far right don't blame W, you will have only yourselves to blame." — Jonathan

"It would appear the choice of Alito is a good one. Should be an interesting battle over the next several months between liberal and conservatives and their interest groups. With Alito's knowledge and experience, the nomination will be hard for the Dems to defeat." — Eric (Orlando, FL)