... an early sign that Bush may very well have made the right choice:
Samuel A. Alito has been a strong conservative jurist on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a court with a reputation for being among the nation's most liberal.
Dubbed "Scalito" or "Scalia-lite," a play not only on his name but his opinions, Alito, 55, brings a hefty legal resume that belies his age. He has served on the federal appeals court for 15 years since President George H.W. Bush nominated him in 1990.
I'm thinking this one might unite both the left and the right, against each other.
We shall see. Stay tuned folks.
UPDATE: Michelle has a burgeoning round-up and given this linked tidbit, I'm thinking Bush has done good, real good:
Harry Reid was not happy with a possible Alito nomination yesterday:
"This is not one of the names I've suggested to the president," Reid said yesterday of Alito on CNN's "Late Edition."
"In fact, I've done the opposite," he said. "I think it would create a lot of problems."
MILD SURPRISE: The Political Teen expresses some disappointment in the pick.
POLL: Hugh's collecting stats, go now and vote.
STILL MORE: Juliette posits an interesting idea:
Is anyone still wondering why the president didn’t pick someone like Judge Alito the last time? I’m not. I still think that he may have been trying to stir up the right side of the fence (at least in the Senate; the stirring up of the conservative general public was likely an unforeseen consequence). I’m betting that it worked, but keep your fingers crossed.
UNO MAS: Back to the Political Teen for a must see video.