The New York Times features this comment from a law professor about Alito’s nomination:
“It presents the issue in a very crystalline form,” said Richard D. Friedman, a law professor at the University of Michigan. “Alito is superb on all the measures of qualifications. All that’s left to oppose him on is ideology.”
Professor Friedman argues that ideology should not have a dominant place in the Senate consideration.
“The aggressively ideological opposition distorts the confirmation process,” he said. “Treating it as a political matter may encourage a view of the court as nothing more than another political institution.”
No, really?? I think the Court’s ruling denying Gore the presidency in 2000 pretty much sewed up the notion that the Court, in such cases, is nothing but a political institution.