Alito Vote Goes to Senate

Does this picture say it all or what?


Someone’s not a happy camper!

The Judiciary Committee favorably recommended Samuel Alito’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate on a party-line vote Tuesday, moving the conservative jurist one step closer to joining the high court.

All 10 Republicans voted for Alito, while all eight Democrats voted against him. The partisan vote was almost preordained, with 15 of the 18 senators announcing their votes even before the committee’s session began.

The full Senate expects to take a final vote on Alito’s nomination before the end of the week. That vote is also expected to follow along party lines, with only one Democrat — Ben Nelson of Nebraska — coming out so far in support of Alito. Republicans hold the balance of power in the Senate 55-44, with one independent.

He has the support of Americans too. A recent CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll showed more than 54 percent believe Alito should be confirmed. Yet, the Democrats are as looney as ever.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said things are different from when the Senate considered Breyer and Ginsburg, who were confirmed 87-9 and 96-3 respectively. “There was not the polarization within America that is there today, and not the defined move to take this court in a singular direction,” Feinstein said.

“This is a nomination that I fear threatens the fundamental rights and liberties of all Americans now in for generations to come,” Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont said of the Alito nomination.

“He still believes that the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion, but does not want to tell the American people because he knows how unpopular that view is,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

The fact is, their complaints are falling on deaf ears, and even they know it. This is why there will be no filibuster. There will be no public outcry. Well, maybe just one public outcry – exercised by the electorate when they vote out a few more Liberals in November.


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