"Two senior Republican officials" are reporting that Samuel Alito is President Bush's next nominee for the Supreme Court. The announcement is expected this morning. [And it's now official.]
Senators on both sides of the aisle already are mentioning the "F" word: filibuster. Nobody is talking specifics yet, but if it comes to a decision to filibuster, the central focus will likely be Alito's dissent in Casey in 1991, in which Alito would have allowed a spousal notification requirement for women seeking an abortion.
Alito has the flashy credentials (Princeton, Yale) that Harriet Miers did not have, but more importantly, he has both experience as a practicing lawyer (prosecutor) and as a judge. Larry Ribstein looked at his business law opinions, but I see no business experience in his bios. His work as a prosecutor and his tough-on-crime reputation is likely to ruffle some feathers, but he also seems to have a reputation for fairness. Alito looks solid and is a strong departure from stealth mode.
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