Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Winning one for the Gipper

Senate voted to confirm Alito 58-42.

Republican Jaffee voted against, as did Independent Jeffords. Democrats Byrd, Nelson, Conrad and Tim Johnson voted for him.

From the LATimes this morning:
Twenty-five years ago, President Reagan came to Washington with bold plans to move the Supreme Court to the right.He and his lawyers wanted a high court that would uphold state laws that impose the death penalty, restrict abortion and allow a greater role for religion in public life. They favored property rights over environmental regulation, states' rights over broad federal authority and executive power over Congress and the federal courts.Now, with the Senate about to confirm Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., a second generation of Reagan disciples stands ready to fulfill the former president's vision for the court.

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