Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Making sense of Alito, Roe and Spying

With the recent 10-8 vote to confirm Alito and all Democratic senators in the Judiciary Committee voting to reject him, a line has been drawn in the sand, the Washington Post reports.

If Alito is to be confirmed, he will likely have no more than one or two votes from Democrats. When in comes before the full Senate on Wednesday, it remains to be seen whether any Republican will vote against him.

After a one-month hiatus from his Washington Post online column, Dan Froomkin weighs in on the recent White House blitz to try to convince the public how perfectly legal they are to spy on Americans.

Against the backdrop of the constitutional question regarding the expansive powers of the executive branch, Alito's confirmation looms ahead. Froomkin helpfully links to a USA Today/CNN Gallup poll.

It seems the more Americans learn about Bush’s surveillance, eavesdropping and attempts to find out what we're doing on the Internet, the less comfortable they become.

Within a two-week period, from January 6-8 to January 20-22, approval for the administration's perpetual, all-encompassing ways to fight terrorism by spying on Americans dropped by 4 percent, from 50 percent to 46 percent.

Pehaps like the social security media blitz, the president should shut the f/u before he gets further behind on the subject.

Tellingly, a majority of Americans do not want to Roe overturned, a sizeable 66 percent. But the problem lies in that a sizeable 21 percent have no opinion on the subject. In other words, this chunk of Americans must be convinced that Alito threatens Roe before they endorse the idea of keeping him off the bench.

The Senate vote on the floor offers Democrats the venue to convince Americans that Roe and civil liberties are in jeopardy. Right now, only 38 percent think Democrats have justification for a filibuster, all the while disapproving of Bush spying and his call to overthrow Roe.

Maybe one of the Democratic talking points should be a few choice quotes from Bush to a crowd of die-hard pro-life activists in Washington on Monday. Such as his call to cheer and faith.

As reported by Reuters in the Washington Post.
You believe as I do that every human life has value, that the strong have a duty to protect the weak and that the self-evident truths of the Declaration of
Independence apply to everyone, not just to those considered healthy or wanted
or convenient."
Or how about, "We, of course, seek common ground where possible," the president assured his flock. "We're working to persuade more of our fellow Americans of the rightness of our cause, and this is a cause that appeals to the conscience of our citizens and is rooted in America's deepest principles -- history tells us that with such a cause, we will prevail."

A couple of questions pollster might want to ask the public, “If substantial evidence surfaces that Alito is very likely to overturn Roe, would a filibuster be justified? And how about if substantial evidence surfaces that Alito very likely also thinks the president has unlimited power...?

The Supreme Court fight menaces ahead...

Wow, you leave one shaking their head...glad you are one educated Latina who has a mind of her own who speaks what she believes in and not afraid to say what's on her mind...You said a mouthful and are soooo informative...thanks for sharing..
from another latina in az...gloria
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