I did not watch the confirmation hearings for Samuel Alito today, nor have I seen much media coverage. Nor do I plan to watch the rest of the hearings or much of their media coverage, barring some unforeseen development. I also don't intend to post much about it, since so many other progressive political bloggers have that covered. But that doesn't mean I don't have strong opinions on what to do about someone who likely will be on the Supreme Court for much of the rest of my life. Steve Soto of The Left Coaster provides a nice, if inevitably incomplete, summary.
We live in a time with a White House that will do this country great damage if handed unbridled power by the most political Supreme Court in our history. Alito is the nominee because he will shift the balance of power far to the right of the last court on the one issue that matters most to Bush and Cheney: executive power. If Democrats are not sufficently convinced of Alito's sincerity when he says that no man is above the law, then they should risk the filibuster, even in a futile effort, to stop a man that would hand the car keys to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, and who as Robert Kuttner says, will be Bush’s enabler.
Alito gives the Democrats an ideal opportunity to point out to voters in an election year what the differences are between total GOP control of the government and the country that our fathers fought for. It is far better to fight, educate, and lose, than it is to not fight at all. Let [blogger Matt] Yglesias waive the white flag and then wonder why voters next year didn't see the difference in the parties. I've had enough of that. Against the backdrop of the NSA spying mess and Bush's above-the-law presidency, the Democrats should have no problem showing voters what an Alito boot-on-the-throat would mean for their rights.