Tuesday, January 17, 2006
"If I believe that he was going to go in there and overthrow Roe, the question is, most likely, yes [that would merit a filibuster]."
"I do not see a likelihood of a filibuster," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. "This might be a man I disagree with, but it doesn't mean he shouldn't be on the court."
Alito before the hearings:
I am particularly proud of my contributions in recent cases which the government has argued in the Supreme Court that racial and ethnic quotas should not be allowed and that the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion.
Alito at the hearings, responding to Feinstein's line of questioning about Roe and stare decisis:
"The Supreme Court has said that this is a question that calls for the exercise of judgment. And they've said there has to be a special justification for overruling a precedent. There is a presumption that precedence will be followed. But it is not the -- the rule of stare decisis is not an inexorable command.
from Daily Kos