Alito#8217;s nomination a step in the wrong direction

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 3, 2005

President Bush on Monday nominated Circuit Court Judge Samuel Alito – a favorite of conservatives – to replace Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

This appointment places little value on having diverse backgrounds and perspectives on the Supreme Court. Bush has chosen a man to replace Sandra Day O’Connor, one of only two women on the court.

Of the nine members of the U.S. Supreme Court, two are women, seven are men and only one of the nine is an African-American.

That’s hardly accurate representation of the U.S. population considering more than half of the U.S. population are female.

If Alito is affirmed to take O’Connor’s place, the gap will widen further.

There is a laundry list of well qualified women out there but thanks to partisan politics, we may never get to see it.

Alito has the credentials to make a great justice – one day.

Now is not his time.

Confirming Alito to take the place of Justice O’Connor is definately a step in the wrong direction.

– The Clanton Advertiser