As was the case with Harriet Miers, I’m not going to have too much to say about the current SCOTUS nominee, Samuel Alito. We’ll all be up to our collective clavicles in commentary on this one, so I see no reason to add to the clutter. I would appreciate it if someone who’s smarter than I am could explain in simple words why President Bush didn’t just nominate this guy from the get-go. What was it that made him look at Harriet Miers and say “She’s the one”?
Finally, since poor Harriet is about 95% of the way back to the obscurity from which she came, I’ll nominate the Pink Lady for offering the best parting shot:
In this morning’s announcement, Bush praised Judge Alito as the nominee with “more prior judicial experience than any Supreme Court nominee in more than 70 years, calling him “brilliant.” Harriet Miers, meanwhile, has been holed up in her apartment listening to “Killing Me Softly.”
My apologies to those of you who now have that stupid song stuck in your heads. You kids who didn’t grow up in the 70s being forced to listen to your parents’ radio stations have no idea how lucky you are.
UPDATE: And the “Thank you, Captain Obvious” award goes to the nimble thinker at the New York Times who gave us the headline Nomination Likely to Please G.O.P., but Not Some Democrats. Because this would be the first time that ever happened with this crowd.