I have a couple of questions for you, Adam.
First, Ginsberg's "you already know what I believe in..." stance was only on some issues, and she ducked quite a few others. However, the Republicans in the Senate realized that she was qualified and let her through with a 96-3 vote because, though many of them disagreed with her ideology, they realized that a Democrat was in the White House and that means a Democrat gets to pick the nominee. Do you think that the Democrats in the Senate today are willing or prepared to give similar consideration to Alito?
Secondly, as a Christian and a Democrat, what is your position on Alito and, more specifically, do you have a problem with him because he may POTENTIALLY vote to overturn Roe someday?
Here is my Answer:
I honestly don't know if they're prepared to confirm Alito. Half of them confirmed Roberts, which means that at least 22 Senators are willing to see the best in the person. You are correct, they need to know that is NOT a Democrat up for nomination right now.
While I share most views and a Party with those Democrats in Congress, sometimes I think that they aren't always ready to be bi-partisen. I've noticed that Democratic Presidents are bi-partisen, while a Democratic Congress isn't. It's opposite for Republicans. Republican Congressmen CAN be bi-partisen, while Republican President aren't.
That, however, isn't ALWAYS the case.
We'll see how the Alito confirmation goes. They confirmed Roberts, who has the same chance of voting to overturn Roe as Alito does.
As far as me personally, like I said, I like politics, but I don't have the want to have watched ALL of the hearings. I have a general idea of where he stands on the bigger issues, but I couldn't name all of his decisions.
I think he'll be confirmed. But I don't care whether he is or not, because if he isn't, the President will continue to put people up just like him, so they might as well nominate him, so we don't have to go throught this again.
If he is truly a "JUDGE", then he will listen to ALL the facts, in ALL cases, and NOT throw his personal opinion into play. Abortion should be severly discouraged, but not illegal. You shouldn't FORCE a woman to have a baby if she doesn't doesn't to. True, she should have been responisible enough to have avoided this in the first place, but don't DISCRIMINATE against her because she did!
In other cases, too, I just hope that Alito, if he's confirmed, will not throw his personal views into play, like Justice Scalia, but instead be more like who he's going to replace, O'Conner.