From the AP:
WASHINGTON - A Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday he believes Samuel Alito will get an up-or-down vote on his Supreme Court bid.
"We should commit," said Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., minimizing prospects of a Senate filibuster that would prevent final action on President Bush's choice to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
"I think the probability is that will happen," Biden said on ABC's "This Week."
Bush last week selected Alito, a former Reagan administration lawyer who is currently a judge on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, after White House counsel Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination amid withering criticism from conservatives.
Alito's confirmation hearings begin in the committee on Jan. 9. Some Democrats have raised the prospect of a filibuster until they get a fuller sense of his views on abortion and other social issues on which O'Connor has been a swing vote.
Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., another Judiciary Committee member, said he was not hearing his Democratic colleagues discussing the filibuster option.
Kennedy said he had an open mind about Alito's nomination, although he was concerned about the judge's rulings on privacy rights and rights of the disabled.I can't count how many times I've seen the media ask Democrat senators questions about a possible filibuster over the nomination of Justice Alito to the Supreme Court. It's almost become obsessive and it's not just liberal-leaning MSNBC that's doing it: they're ALL guilty. Whether it's CNN, the AP or one of the local news networks, the media seems to be on a mission to constantly remind Democrats that they can do harm to President Bush by filibustering Alito. And for what? Because Alito is so well-liked by the same right-wing extremists who hated on Harriet Miers? Or because the filibuster is seen as such an entertaining (i.e. "ratings") move? Or could it be because George W. Bush is getting to pick another justice instead of last year's media darling and presidential loser John Kerry?
Or maybe it's just all of the above.
Either way, It would seem to me that even Democrats know that they would have a very time selling to the American public the need to filibuster Alito. Why? Because the case agaiust Alito being on the Supreme Court is nonexistent. Put aside the usual hyperbole by liberals that any conservative judge is a threat to mankind as we know it, and you're left with a judge who is highly qualified, has a huge paper trail, clearly seems to understand constitutional law, has firsthand experience in dealings with the high Court and simply put, deserves the job.
In other words . . . HIRE THIS MAN!
The media's obsession with the filibuster and the Democrats response to it demonstrates clearand absolute media bias against Alito. After all, when you consider that even Ted Kennedy seems to be taking a "we'll see" approach to a conservative nominee, a fair-minded person might be inclined to think that Justice Alito might not be so bad after all.