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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Alito thanks Dobson, asks for meeting

Thinking about the stunned reaction by many inside the Beltway to the netroots campaign to filibuster Alito, it's articles like this that reflect just how important it is that we encourage Democrats to start fighting for their principles. As many bloggers have pointed out recently in the face of incessant attacks from journalists and pundits, the liberal blogs aren't extremist or radical-- we're just tired of seeing an appeasement strategy used against the Bushies, who are not only massively unpopular, but far outside the mainstream and guilty of criminal activities. No, we're not extremists for insisting that our elected officials committ themselves to upholding the Constitution. We're good citizens.

The Associated Press reported today Dobson received a six-paragraph personal note from Alito. In the letter, Alito thanked Dobson for backing his nomination to the Supreme Court.

Read the note, “This is just a short note to express my heartfelt thanks to you and the entire staff of Focus on the Family for your help and support during the past few challenging months. I would also greatly appreciate it if you would convey my appreciation to the good people from all parts of the country who wrote to tell me that they were praying for me and for my family during this period.”

Alito went on to write, “As long as I serve on the Supreme Court I will keep in mind the trust that has been placed in me” and expressed his desire for a personal meeting with Dobson.

Dobson and other Religious Right leaders enthusiastically backed Alito’s confirmation because they think he will restrict civil rights and civil liberties and rule against church-state separation.