How Times Change:

Fifteen years ago, liberal Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D.-N.J.) was the lone senator to offer an endorsement of then-appellate court nominee Samuel Alito on the Senate floor. “Alito has the experience and the skills to be the kind of judge the public deserves†¦quot;one who is impartial, thoughtful, and fair. I urge the Senate to confirm his nomination,† Lautenberg said April 27, 1990, the day Alito was confirmed for a seat on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

But when Human Events Online reported Lautenberg’s remarks on Monday after President Bush tapped Alito for the Supreme Court, it took Lautenberg (below) a mere two hours to change his mind. “Fifteen years ago, I supported Samuel Alito to be a judge based on his record as the United States attorney for New Jersey, but his tenure on the appeals court has been marked by troubling decisions,† he said. “Judge Alito has demonstrated a hostility to fundamental civil rights, and his record on the bench must be closely scrutinized by the Senate.†

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