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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. ?¢â??¬???Alito has the experience and the skills to be the kind of judge the public deserves?¢â??¬ ¦quot;one who is impartial, thoughtful, and fair. I urge the Senate to confirm his nomination,?¢â??¬  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?¢â??¬â??¢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. ?¢â??¬???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,?¢â??¬  he said. ?¢â??¬???Judge Alito has demonstrated a hostility to fundamental civil rights, and his record on the bench must be closely scrutinized by the Senate.?¢â??¬ 

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