As a rule of thumb, I tend to assess nominees for any post in comparison to their predecessor. Let’s test Alito, shall we?
Sandra Day O’Connor was part of the 5-4 majority in Planned Parenthood v. Casey that reiterated the right to abortion in the Constitution, and ruled that women shouldn’t have to inform their husbands of an abortion. Alito was on the appeals court that heard the case, and held the exact opposite view.
Sandra Day O’Connor was in the 5-4 majority in Gratz v. Bollinger that reaffirmed the constitutionality of affirmative action. Alito thinks that racist employers should be able to not hire blacks for being black.
Sandra Day O’Connor thought that random drug tests violated students’ right to privacy. Alito thinks that cops, without search warrants, should be able to strip-search people.
He also thinks that medical leave laws are unconstitutional, wants to make it easier to deport legal immigrants, and likes discrimination against the disabled. This is who this guy is. No wonder he was chosen, along with John Roberts, from a Focus on Family SCOTUS wishlist. I don’t care if it takes the public eye off of Libby; this nomination is an abomination. Ezra Klein said it best: we can’t stand for a Supreme Court with more Trenton, NJ natives than women.