As we noted repeatedly over the last several years, the president’s power to nominate individuals to federal court and most importantly, the Supreme Court is an issue of paramount importance to the nation and control over the process has long been the number one political priority for the Right.
The nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito were met with jubilation by the Right and with the Supreme Court’s recent 5-4 decision in Gonzales v. Carhart, President Bush appears to have delivered on their demands for reliable, hard-line ideologues:
What a vivid reminder this is that Christians must remain politically active — as it was Values Voters who are responsible for this first step toward overturning Roe v. Wade … This should be a stark reminder to Christians of what’s at stake in the next election.
The 5-4 decision, which included Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, clearly shows the importance of having strong judicial conservatives on the bench.
There is no doubt this decision would not have been reached if Sandra Day O’Connor were still on the bench instead of Samuel Alito. If President Bush gets an opportunity to nominate another Supreme Court Justice, he could shape the direction of the court for a generation to come. Also, that next appointment may be the ‘swing’ vote in overturning Roe.
[T]his decision is further confirmation Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito, President Bush’s two successful appointments to the high court, are who we hoped and thought they were.
One more president. One more judge. And one more chance to finish the work we began 34 years ago. Our work is not in vain.
Dr. Gary Cass, executive director of the Center for Reclaiming America for Christ, responded, “This is what we hoped and prayed for when we elected pro-life Americans who would nominate and confirm judicial nominees. This is what we hoped and prayed for when two new Supreme Court justices were added to the bench. Today, those years of hoping and praying have borne the best kind of fruit—-the protection of defenseless lives.”
Thank God for President Bush, and thank God for Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito.
[The] president of the Family Research Council said the decision vindicated the 2004 victory of Mr. Bush and “shows that elections have consequences.” Since conservatives “know that next vacancy is just so incredibly important.”
It is not often that we find ourselves in agreement with Tony Perkins, but when he notes that this decision shows just why the “next vacancy is just so incredibly important” we couldn’t agree more.