The spectre of Samuel Alito on the Supreme Court is extremely worrisome to those who care about the well-being of this country's democracy and a reasonable balance of power between monied interests and the rest of society. With the vote against the filibuster last night in the U.S. Senate, I notice at least a few progressive bloggers are using this occasion to rail against members of the Democratic Party, if not the entire party.
But Alito is a creature entirely of the Republican Party. While perhaps understandable to lash out in a moment of anguish, blaming the Democratic Party (or certain members thereof) is nonetheless completely misguided. It is the Bush administration and its toadies in the GOP that have forced Alito upon us. And it was our inability to convey our supposedly obvious and just cause to the general public, both in November 2004 and now, that has allowed his ascendancy.
Fortunately, many other progressive bloggers are taking a more sober look at the situation, celebrating those who helped in this battle, and resolving to figure out how to do better next time. For as dangerous as he is, Alito is only one vote in one branch of government.