Fox News just announced that Bush is nominating strong conservative Samuel "scalito" Alito for the Supreme Court. He is nicknamed "Scalito" because of his strong judicial decision likeness to Antonin Scalia
For some great information and background on Alito see the SCOTUSBlog
President Bush is nominating Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, The Associated Press has learned, choosing a long-time federal judge embraced by judicial conservatives to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
Bush plans to announce the nomination at 8 a.m. EST, the officials said.
The choice likely will mend a rift in the Republican Party caused by his failed nomination of Harriet Miers
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to preview Bush's remarks, said Alito was virtually certain to get the nod from the moment Miers backed out.
The 55-year-old jurist was Bush's favorite choice of the judges in the last set of deliberations but he settled instead on someone outside what he calls the "judicial monastery," the officials said.
While Alito is expected to win praise from Bush's allies on the right, Democrats have served notice that his nomination would spark a partisan brawl. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (search), D-Nevada, said Sunday that Alito's nomination would "create a lot of problems."
While Alito is expected to win praise from Bush's allies on the right, Democrats have served notice that his nomination would spark a partisan brawl. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said Sunday that Alito's nomination would "create a lot of problems."
So consistently conservative, Alito has been dubbed "Scalito" or "Scalia-lite" by some lawyers because his judicial philosophy invites comparisons to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (search). But while Scalia is outspoken and is known to badger lawyers, Alito is polite, reserved and even-tempered.
I'd say this is a direct poke in the eye to the Dems out there and is sure to thrill Republicans after the disaster of the Miers nomination.
TNOYF has Harry Reids hilarious reaction (satire)