Today the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to approve Sam Alito for a full Senate vote. It appears that Alito will garner enough votes to fill Sandra Day O’Conner’s soon-to-be-vacated seat on our nation’s highest court.
Feminists and liberals alike have attempted to tar him as an extremist, but the low-key jurist remained unflappable throughout the hearings. He calmly brushed aside petty, yet sometimes vicious, allegations of elitism, judicial extremism, Durbin's and Kennedy's race card questions about his ties to a Princeton University student organization.
I am dismayed that feminists took exception (well – not dismayed) to Alito’s ruling (that was later overruled by the Supreme Court) upholding a Pennsylvania law that required women to tell their husbands before having abortion. The contradiction of their thoughts on women’s right to choose vis-à-vis men’s responsibility of child care. Correctly, the father of any child is required to contribute to the financial requirements of the child. Feminists (and the public) support this policy. But, while the father has a responsibility he also has a corresponding right which should grant him a right to be notified of the pregnancy of which he contributed. It strikes me that in the context of a marriage this right should have greater force. That a married woman would, or could, keep this information from her husband is chilling.
This New Jersey Italian-American, a graduate of Princeton and Yale Law, will clearly interpret the law and not legislate from the bench. He artfully dodged the politically charged Roe questions, perhaps more candidly than his nominee predecessor, Roberts and thus left open the door to reconsider the legal gymnastics that created a so-called right to abort.
If Alito is indeed confirmed, I will consider the Supreme Court appointments of both he and John Roberts as George Bush’s greatest achievements.
Having written that, in the end I was quite surprised by the lack of slash-and-burn tactics employed by liberal interest groups. Perhaps my lack of television watching insulated me from some of their efforts.
The media is reporting that a Senate vote on Alito could occur by the end of the week.