Well, that didn’t take long. As I started to write an item on New York’s senior Senator and the new SCOTUS nominee, Judge Samuel Alito, the following popped up from Chuck:
“It is sad that the President felt he had to pick a nominee likely to divide America instead of choosing a nominee in the mold of Sandra Day O’Connor, who would unify us.
“This controversial nominee, who would make the Court less diverse and far more conservative, will get very careful scrutiny from the Senate and from the American people.”
Chuck has been saying for years that he wanted a nominee whose views are known, and in this one, he got what he wanted. Alito took what wound up being the losing side in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, as clear a signal as you’re going to get that he’s a vote against Roe.
On the other hand, Chuck has also said recently that with the President weakened, the Democrats can beat a conservative nominee — whether by filibuster or on a straight vote.
Sounds like we’ll see.