President Bush's announcement that Samuel Alito has been nominated to the Supreme Court, replacing Harriet Miers, will no doubt please many conservatives who have long championed his judicial philosophy and impeccable credentials.
Yet, conservative questioning of Bush's leadership which began with the nomination of Roberts and fulminated in the nomination of Miers demands we apply a rigorous standard to this new nominee to protect conservative core principles as we move forward.
Already, a disturbing symbolic image was created when the family of Judge Alito posed at the White House with the portrait of President Clinton prominently behind them.
The question may fairly be asked how anyone could knowingly pose in front of the portrait of a man who did so much to undermine the law and conservative values? In another highly charged symbolic move, Judge Alito and his family left the White House and proceeded directly to the U.S. Capitol where they paid respects to another Democrat/liberal icon, Rosa Parks, whose body lies in the Capitol Rotunda.
Waiting for Orders From Headquarters
As I implicitly trust David Frum, Bill Kristol and Anne Coulter, over the man for whom I have twice voted, I'll have to await their opinion before moving forward in supporting another questionable nomination by President Bush.