Well, now that George Bush has nominated Alito to the Supreme Court, the righties are all atwitter. Yes, someone else in their idea of the "mainstream" will get onto the court.
The rest of us know, of course, that Alito is far from the mainstream. He could do significant harm to many laws enacted within the past 50 years that have benefitted the majority of Americans, not the least which is the right to a legal and safe abortion.
But let's not forget the prelude to Alito. Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers to the court was a joke, a cynical piece of pandering that stood no chance of succeeding; look at how quickly the right-wingers in the media picked up on the lady's absolute lack of qualifications to serve on the nation's highest court. (They picked up on it suspiciously quickly, as a matter of fact. Republicans never usually care about unqualified people in positions of power if they're on the right wing; look at who they chose to be President.)
Not only had Miers never even been a judge, she showed little to no interest in constitutional law in her less-than-impressive round of interviews with U.S. senators.
It's a good bet, then, that Miers was a straw man (sic) put out there by Bush and his minions to allow him to claim that he'd tried to appoint a woman. A less likely view is that Miers was Bush's genuine choice, subverted by the knights of the keyboard of the right wing.
Of course, it is completely insulting to the hundreds of qualified women judges in this country that Bush saw fit to nominate--rather than any of them--a political hack with no qualifications.
Either way, despite what a lot of people on the left are saying, IT IS NO GREAT LOSS THAT HARRIET MIERS WITHDREW HER NOMINATION, OKAY? Just because someone with more extreme views MIGHT be coming down the pike is not a reason to embrace someone like Miers who was completely unfit for one of the most important jobs in the country.
I have no doubt that Alito, if he is confirmed, could do this nation a lot of harm. But that doesn't excuse putting anyone as unqualified as Harriet Miers even close to the Supreme Court.
Time to see if the Dems truly have spines.