Of course with Alito on the bench, the atmosphere for big bidness will probably open up even more than it has with the restriction-fearing Republicans.
But I’m truly more afraid that their Democratic counterparts will be powerless to resist. The era of big government is over and we're neck deep in the era of big business.
In any event, I suspect the Democrats are showing more guts lately, despite the disheartening news about the Senate allowing drilling for oil in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge. This from the Washington Post:
The Senate today moved closer to allowing oil companies to drill in an Alaskan wildlife refuge, narrowly defeating a provision that would have removed drilling authority from a massive budget reconciliation bill.
The entire package is scheduled for a vote later today, and the House plans to vote on its version of the bill next week. The two versions must then be reconciled by a House-Senate conference committee.
By a 51-48 vote, the Senate defeated an amendment sponsored by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) that would have stripped the bill of a provision authorizing oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).
The Senate subsequently voted 86-13 to bar any exportation of oil eventually produced from the refuge, requiring instead that it be used domestically to help lower the nation's dependence on foreign oil.
And hearings on Alito won't begin until January. Plenty of time to keep focused.