Monday, October 31, 2005

Like Charlie Brown

Judge Alito must certainly be feeling a bit like Charlie Brown as of late, last pick among the bunch. Third string, if you will. Here's a good point raised by one of the press at today's briefing:
Q Scott, on the subject of rude, my apologies for my unfortunate choice of words this morning to you, but I think the question bears asking again, and that is that the President said repeatedly when he nominated Harriet Miers that she is the best person for the job. Does that in any way indicate that while Sam Alito may be well-qualified for the Supreme Court, he is not, as was described of Harriet Miers, the best person?...

...Q -- why did the President think John Roberts and Harriet Miers were better choices than Judge Alito to replace Justice O'Connor?

MR. McCLELLAN: I don't think you can look at it that way. Judge Alito is someone that the President interviewed when Justice O'Connor announced that she was going to be retiring. He is someone they interviewed, he met with at length. The President has always been very impressed by Judge Alito because of what he said in his remarks about him today. And the President was pleased to nominate him to the bench.

Q He determined twice that there were people better than him. What --

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, again, I think you have to -- well, look back at what we said. Again, when he selected Harriet Miers, look at what he was looking for. And he felt that she was the best one to fill that vacancy based on what he thought was important to have on the Court at that time. But we all recognize now, very well, the culture of today's confirmation process. And --

Given that today is Halloween, it reminds me of one of my favorite Peanuts shows - involving the Great Pumpkin. All the kids are out trick-or-treating and after each house the examine eachother's booty. One after the other, the gang excitedly reports their treat but for Charlie Brown who, invariable says, "I got a rock." I wouldn't want to be Judge Alito today, yesterday, tomorrow, or the get the idea.

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