Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Alito hearings

If he keeps answering the way he has been thus far, he'll be confirmed without a doubt.

A few quotes from his opening statements yesterday:

"A judge can't have any agenda. A judge can't have any preferred outcome in any particular case. A judge certainly doesn't have a client."

"A judge's only obligation, and it's a solemn obligation, is to the rule of law."

"When I became a judge, I stopped being a praticing attorney."

"No person in this country, no matter how high or powerful, is above the law and no person in this country is below the law."

"Good judges are always open to the possibility of changing their minds based on the next brief they read or the next argument made by an attorney that's appearing before you or by a comment that is made by a colleague during the conference on the case when the judges privately discuss the case."

"Use what talent I have to serve my country by upholding the rule of law."

He's less Manchurian Candidate and more stealth than Roberts was. But seriously, he's saying all the right things although I think it's only the Republican Senators on the committee who are most sure of this fact. He's also appearing to be genuine and sincere.