Defeated Opposition Groups Weakened But Still Kicking

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

It's done. Judge Alito is now Justice Alito and it couldn't have come at a better time. Opposition groups, to their creidt, are licking their wounds are gearing up for a future fight. You gotta' respect that kind of of persistence. While many groups are still asking for donations to defeat Alito's confirmation and ordering you to fax your senators, People for the American Way has released this statement that shows how delusional they are:

Tuesday's 58-42 vote to confirm Samuel Alito represents the second highest number of votes against a confirmed Supreme Court nominee in the nation’s history. But moral victories are not sufficient. Progressives must work to ensure that soon there will be a progressive Senate that better represents the values and beliefs of a significant majority of the American people.
If PFAW is really concerned about the majority of Americans, then why did they oppose a nominee who was heavily favored by a majority of Americans?! Ah, but we didn't hear anything about poll numbers from these guys, because that would mean admitting their staunch opposition to a favorable nominee.

NARAL is also looking to the future, but this blog post from their official website has a critical flaw in it's logic:
If the Alito nomination teaches us anything, it's that we have to take back the Senate. Senator Obama of Illinois said it best this weekend: "There's one way to guarantee that the judges who are appointed to the Supreme Court are judges that reflect our values. And that's to win elections."

That's our plan - it's getting the numbers back on our side in the Senate and electing pro-choice senators wherever we can.
But that would mean winning elections, which requires votes from actual people, and we all know how hard it is for Democrats to win elections. Predictably, they're going to campaign this year that judges like Alito won't be confirmed when they're in power, and as a result the American people will hand them a resounding defeat.