Charles Schumer: Alito Filibuster Still Possible
Leading Senate Judiciary Committee member Charles Schumer, D-NY, said Sunday that it was too early to rule out a filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, even though Committee Democrats failed to land a glove on Alito during a week of tough questioning.
Asked if "the filibuster option was dead in this case," Schumer told "Fox News Sunday's" Chris Wallace: "We're still finishing the process. Written questions have to be answered. I submitted a whole bunch. So it's premature to say anything till we fully assess the record."
Appearing on the same show, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, predicted that if Democrats filibuster Alito, "there would be a huge backlash in this country . . . That would not be advising and consenting, that would be hijacking the [last year's presidential] election."
Asked if Alito was "more out of the mainstream than Ruth Bader Ginsburg," Schumer said: "He may well be. And that's the fundamental question that we are assessing right now."
The Ginsburg comparison rankled Graham, who complained: "Ruth Bader Ginsburg went through the Senate with 96 votes. No one put up her writings or her associations to try to smear her. No one on our side held her views [supporting] Roe v Wade against her."
In previous interviews Graham has noted that Justice Ginsburg had been the chief legal counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union and had once written in favor of lowering the age of consent for women to twelve.
Graham said that the goal of Alito's opponents was to "overturn the election and take away from President Bush the rights that President Clinton enjoyed - and it's not going to happen."
It's long past time for the GOP to stop playing nicey with these MoveOn-owned liberals. It's about time the GOP starts acting tough, keeping in mind that with ownership of the House, Senate and the Presidency, it's the Republicans who have the leverage, NOT the Democrats.
I supported the Gang of 14 resolution last year because it was in the best interests of the Senate at the time, got 3 conservative judges higher seats on the court and it definitively made note that only "extraordinary circumstances" would be an acceptable reason for a filibuster.
Despite ACLU safeguard Ruth Ginsberg being on the court thanks to a 96-3 vote by senators whose principles weren't defined by special-interests groups, only liberals would dare to apply Samuel Alito as an "extraordinary circumstance".
You see, normally senators accept a president's court nominations for three reasons: they respect the perspectives of their nominees; they believe a president should have the right to choose whomever they please as America's legitimately elected leader; or they fear the president's political power. Since Democrats lean on poll numbers much more than Republicans do, we know that Bush's low ratings are playing a major part in the Democrats' continual delay tactics. Yet, they'd be stupid to attempt a filibuster on the sole basis of getting revenge for Bush. In order to make a just case to the American public that Alito doesn't belong on the Supreme Court, liberals needed to come up with some more capital. Yet, despite having a week to do so, Teddy and his gang fell on their face, made the poor guy's wife cry and failed miserably in putting a dent in Alito's armor.
Now it's time for the GOP to step up their game and make sure Alito gets in at all costs.