Samuel Alito has been confirmed by full senate vote to become the newest justice on the Supreme Court.
By the way, if you haven't yet seen the video of Ted Kennedy going completely nuts on the Senate floor yesterday, then you owe it to yourself to take a look.
I'm not eagerly anticipating a right-tilting court that will practice its own version of judicial activism. Rather, I'm hopeful for a court that will weigh cases on their own merits and determine their constitutionality based on -- wait for it -- THE CONSTITUTION itself and on valid American legal precedent. No penumbras and emanations. No foreign law.
Senator Kennedy and his ilk know full well that the major liberal ideological victories of the last forty years have not been enacted through legislation or through popular referenda. They have come from lawsuits that have challenged the constitutionality of existing laws. Sometimes (as with Brown v. Board of Education) that is a good thing. But other times (as with the recent Kelo decision) it is not. Foisting unpopular or controversial cultural ideas on the general population by judicial fiat is a dangerous and, quite frankly, dishonest way for a democracy to operate. Let's hope that the Roberts Court and Justice Samuel Alito feel the same way.
Also: don't miss Kennedy's kooky rant predicting that Samuel Alito will not do anything to combat the recent rise in childhood asthma. What is it with these guys? First the Democrats were all bent out of shape because they didn't feel that Alito would "do enough" to stop the dreaded NSA "spying" program, and now asthma? Maybe these guys need to read the Constitution again and figure out just exactly what the Supreme Court is allowed to do. Hint: national security and environmental policy aren't on the list.)