Poll: Majority of Americans Support Alito
Americans support the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court by a 2 to 1 margin.
According to the latest Washington Post–ABC News poll, 53 percent of Americans say Alito should be confirmed by the Senate. Only 27 percent say he should be rejected. Twenty percent remains undecided.
The poll reveals self-identified Democrats are not energized in opposition to the nomination...
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And so the three-ring circus of the Senate confirmation hearings kicks off with a bang. Democrats are attacking, Republicans are defending, while Judge Samuel Alito smiles as he watches the show. In fact, it would seem that the most sane person in the room is none other than the judge himself -- the man these hearings are supposed to be about. But let's make no mistake about it here. These hearings have very little to do with Judge Alito, and they have everything to do with partisan politics. It's all about posturing, because the Senate already knows how it's going to vote. We can expect about 60 senators (mostly Republican) to vote to confirm Judge Alito, regardless of the results of these hearings. About 20 senators (exclusively Democrat) will vote against his confirmation, regardless of the results of these hearings. Only about 10 senators are "undecided," but word has it that most of them will vote to confirm baring any bombshell revelations dropped at the hearings. So basically, it looks like Judge Alito is in. (Though I wouldn't count your chickens before they hatch.) It isn't over until the swearing in ceremony, and I don't think we should breath a sigh of relief until President Bush administers the oath of office to "Justice Alito." If we've learned anything about the Democrats' tactics, it's that they'll sink to any level to try to derail this confirmation.