Monday, November 14, 2005

Alito Rejected Abortion As A Right

Sure to be a bombshell news story today, a legal position paper penned by Alito has surfaced. What's the big deal about that? Well, Mr. Alito was very candid about his personal opinion on abortion.

From the Washington Times article:
"Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., President Bush's Supreme Court nominee, wrote that "the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion" in a 1985 document obtained by The Washington Times.

"I personally believe very strongly" in this legal position, Mr. Alito wrote on his application to become deputy assistant to Attorney General Edwin I. Meese III. The document, which is likely to inflame liberals who oppose Judge Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court, is among many that the White House will release today from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

In direct, unambiguous language, the young career lawyer who served as assistant to Solicitor General Rex E. Lee, demonstrated his conservative bona fides as he sought to become a political appointee in the Reagan administration.
"I am and always have been a conservative," he wrote in an attachment to the noncareer appointment form that he sent to the Presidential Personnel Office. "I am a lifelong registered Republican.""
As it states in the article, the letter is from almost 20 years ago. However, it is going to be a large elephant in the room of his confirmation hearings early next year. This will give any Senator on the panel a wide open door to call him on the carpet about his position on abortion. I don't see a way he can tapdance around the question with, say, a giant version of this letter resting on an easel in front of him.

I think I just heard Bush crack open a 1.75 liter bottle of Jim Beam. It's going to be a long week.