Wanted: A Thoughtful Liberal

There are few if any liberal blogs out there expressing support for the nomination of Mr Alito to the High Court. If anybody has seen an argument or reasons for not supporting Mr Alito for other than idealogical/political grounds could they point them out in a comment? Diogenes sought (and failed) to find an honest man in Athens. Can we perhaps find a principled Democrat in the US?

It would be especially nice if they addressed issues like:

  • Do they imagine that they might never see a future opportunity in which a party they support holds the Presidency but perhaps not a plurality in the Senate? Would they then encourage the oppostion party to only approve of nominees which passes the oppositions ideological inspection?
  • What perchance does “advise and consent” mean to them anyhow? Hamilton in Federalist #76 argues against politicizing the nomination process. If they cited that and the reasons why he’s wrong that would be icing on the cake.

All the blogs I’ve seen take it as a given as an unexamined premise that opposition is required. Why?

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6 comments

  1. Jim Anderson says:

    (Oh, and I cribbed those examples from The Volokh Conspiracy.)

  2. […] Mark Olson wants to know if there’s any “principled liberals” out there willing to support Judge Alito’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Mark also says “If anybody has seen an argument or reasons for not supporting Mr Alito for other than idealogical/political grounds could they point them out.” I haven’t, but I haven’t been looking real hard; I just thought I’d add an observation. […]

  3. allen says:

    hi. not usually a political blogger, as such, but my leanings are certainly a good deal to the left of your ideology. won’t go there now, though.

    what i will say is that while i’m somewhat unsettled by Alito’s record on the issues, insofar as i disagree with him on many important points, i’m nevertheless much happier with his selection than with Miers, who clearly was unqualified for the position. Despite my dislike of his ideology, this man is clearly an accomplished scholar and an experienced jurist – which is what i want in my Supreme Court – i want the best legal minds on both sides of an issue wrangling over how to interpret the law. Presidents appoint justices who share their ideologies – it’s what they do. Future Executives will appoint other justices to balance these appointments out; this is our government working as it was intended.

    Sorry to dissapoint, but thoughtful liberals do exist. 🙂

  4. Mark says:

    Jim,
    I was looking for principled liberal arguments for not supporting Mr Alito.

    The first pretty much declined to make a clear stand and the second also is waiting for more information, but quotes a liberal lawyer to does support the nomination.

  5. allen says:

    Mark –
    On the contrary, I think it’s exactly the place of the Democrats in Congress to vigorously challenge Alito every step of the way, to make sure that he is as squeaky clean as he needs to be, to be sure that he’s consistent and intellectually honest, to scrutinize his record in painful detail, and to make a public issue of exactly what this appointment means to the future of the country and our rights. If in that process they are able to gain the votes of moderates against his confirmation, it will be a great success. if not, so be it, but they will have done their jobs – again, this is the proper operation of government, and i for one will be satisfied.

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