Thursday, December 29, 2005

RNC vs. DNC: Support or Fight Samuel Alito Nomination

Both national committee web sites have opportunities for supporting or fighting Samuel Alito’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. The Republican National Committee has a petition that people can sign which is designed to go to your state senators. The Democratic National Committee has a place where you can draft a letter that lists talking points you can use. These letters can be directed to local and national newspapers. Here are the links:

http://www.democrats.org/page/speakout/alito
http://www.rnc.org/GetActive/Petition.aspx

The RNC petition reminds the reader that the President nominates and that the Senate confirms:

RNC: “… the President has the responsibility under the Constitution to nominate an individual to fill that vacancy who is qualified to serve and who will faithfully interpret the Constitution … As a citizen and a voter, I am asking you, Sen. Maria Cantwell and Sen. Patty Murray, to fulfill your Constitutional obligations and confirm Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.”

The DNC talking points emphasize that the President needs to work closer with the Senate:

DNC: “The lifetime appointment of a Supreme Court Justice has significant ramification for the future of America and it’s time for the White House to treat this process with the respect it deserves by cooperating with the Senate as they fulfill their constitutional responsibility.”

On a side note, the RNC does not mention the Democrats but the DNC uses some name-calling and strong terms when referring to Bush, Alito, and conservatives. These are mentioned in the DNC talking points:

the most extreme political fringe
too far out of the mainstream
a weak president
the radical right
bad behavior of right-wing radicals

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