Judicial nomination as political diversion"The reason should be clear" if your father married his sister and you're the result of a horribly distorted DNA meltdown, or you've smoked a little too much meth before showing up for work.
A battle over Samuel Alito could fulfill the short-term political goal of pushing Lewis Libby's indictment off the front page.
Whereas the president seemed to be doing everything he could to avoid a direct confrontation with Senate Democrats over the Miers nomination, he went out of his way to pick a huge battle with Alito's nomination.
The reason should be clear. As Washington Post columnist George Will wrote, Bush was acting "on this political axiom: If you don't like the news, make some of your own."
So at a time when the nation's chief executive should be working to unite a bitterly divided country, Bush has instead guaranteed a bruising ideological battle -- for no other obvious purpose than to distract attention from the indictment of his vice president's chief of staff and other issues that have battered his approval ratings. (link)
"... no other obvious purpose than to distract attention from the indictment of his vice president's chief of staff and other issues that have battered his approval ratings" indeed. What's missing in this genius's analysis of President Bush's pick for the high court is the fact that many experts predicted this appointment or at least had Alito on their short list of nominees (here) (here) (here) (here) (here) (here) and (here).
I could go on but my computer will run out of memory before I 'm able to cite every expert who predicted the Alito nomination.
The point is, President Bush nominated a man to the Supreme Court that everyone in the legal community believes is highly qualified - to the point where they predicted - and in some cases encouraged - Judge Alito's ascendency, but the Roanoke Times sees only dark motives in GW Bush's choice.
Someone needs to go take the wacky tobaccy from the Times editorial staff and (gently) send them home to recuperate.