Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Alito Hearings Cause Tempers to Flare


Confirmation hearings continued for the second day reaching a climax when two high ranking senators engaged in a verbal dispute. The dispute came after Senator Ted Kennedy criticized Alito's membership in a conservative Princeton alumni group that opposed admitting more women and minorities to the university. Kennedy demanded the committee immediately rule on retiring to executive session to rule on the subpoena. Specter said this was the first time he had heard about Kennedy's request, and Kennedy repeated that he had mailed him a letter about the issue. The two Senators continued to go back and forth for several minutes, something seen at a elementary playground, not a confirmation hearing.

Aside from the bickerings, lawmakers covered familiar territory Wednesday, raising many topics discussed by Alito the day before. After being asked by Senator Durbin about Roe v. Wade, Alito refused to aknowledge that this was "settled law."

As the hearings continue, expect to see a further rise in tensions as the democrats scrape for ways to stop Alito from getting confirmed, something that is going to be very hard to do. Look for a possible filibuster as a last resort for the democrats, for if Alito is confirmed, democrats and the entire nation will face an ultra conservative court for years.

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