Highly Qualified Nominee Boasts Long Paper Trail
When President Bush said a month ago that Harriet Miers was the most qualified person to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court, nobody believed him. Had Bush said the same thing about Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr., whom he named to replace Miers last week when she withdrew her nomination, few could have disputed him-not even Sen. Teddy Kennedy (D.-Mass.).
Now Bush has Kennedy and other Senate liberals cornered. The only way they can fight Alito's confirmation is by going after his judicial philosophy-which is exactly the battle Bush should want and the Republicans can win.
"You have obviously had a very distinguished …