So I’ve spent a little time today trying to get caught up on what’s happening in the real world as well as my email and I got a question from a reader on what my thoughts are on Bush’s latest nomination to the Supreme Court. I’ve not written much about Samuel Alito for the same reason I didn’t write much about Harriet Miers, which is that I don’t know a lot about the man. Other than the fact that the Republicans who were so outraged over Miers seem to be pleased as punch about his nomination—a fact that in itself tends to make me wary of the man—I’ve not read enough about him yet to have much of an opinion.
And, honestly, I can’t get too worked up about it. From what little I have read it seems unlikely that the Democrats are going to be able to block his appointment even if they want to and any attempts to try may just get the Republicans to use the “nuclear option” on the filibuster rule despite the fact that it’ll someday come back to bite them in the ass. When faced with what appears to be an inevitable looming unpleasantness I tend to just resign myself to toughing it out until better days come around. I’m sure once he’s in place and has contributed to a few big decisions I’ll end up having something to write an angry entry about, but until I can see what kind of an impact he’s really going to have on the court it’s hard for me to say much at the moment. Would I have preferred someone more moderate being nominated? Sure, but I wasn’t holding my breath over it. Perhaps we’ll get lucky and Bush will fall victim to the curse of so many previous Republican Presidents who ended up nominating what they thought was a conservative to the court who ended up being a lot more liberal than they thought at the time.