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Jeff Sessions Gives Us Another Reason Alito Needs to Be Confirmed

Reported by Janie - November 1, 2005

Yesterday (10/31) Dayside hosts Juliet Huddy and Mike Jerrick were all over the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court. They invited Senator Jeff Sessions (R - AL) onto the show to give the audience his perspective on the nomination.

During the interview, Sessions gave the viewers a new talking-point for why it is important that Alito be confirmed:

"And don't forget, it is important that we have some members of that Supreme Court that understand law enforcement, that understand the challenges that policemen face all over America, and understand that."

Comment: While I agree it is important that we need a judge that understands law enforcement, this argument in favor of Alito's confirmation is a weak one, and one that should be more closely scrutinized. Alito is another white male that has been nominated to the bench of the highest court in the land, and if the right wishes to argue about "understanding", maybe they should consider that this country is not made up of solely white men, and that the justices should reflect the make-up of the United States. If we need a judge that understands the challenges of being in law enforcement, they why do we not need a judge that understands the challenges of being a woman or a minority in the United States?

Sessions was just one of the many brought on to sing Alito's praises at the beginning of the show, including two Fox News correspondents and Wendy Long, who argued before Alito and referred to him as "very, very bright but very, very humble." Not until the end of the show (buried) was a Democrat (David Corn of The Nation) brought on to give the other side's opinion on the nomination. If a viewer had not watched the entire show, they would not have been given the "fair and balanced" opinion on Alito that Fox touts as its motto.

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