A View From The Handbasket

Thursday, January 12, 2006
A couple thoughts on Alito
Posted by neros_fiddle at 9:05 AM
Before scrolling down to the hot French news babe, a serious post. Random thoughts on the Alito coronation:

- While having Alito's wife scurry from the room in tears was a nice piece of theater, an even better maneuver was having Lindsey Graham (R-Tool Town) ask Alito if he was a bigot, thus neatly constructing a straw man to deflect from the real issue of Alito using the Reagan defense ("I don't recall") to escape responsibility for joining the Concerned Alumni of Princeton. (Somehow, it's even more disturbing if he *didn't* agree with the CAP, but joined them anyway to suck up to the Reaganites.)

- I got a weird sense of deja vu listening to Alito attempt to reconcile his previous statements in favor of broad executive power and dumping Roe v. Wade with his current insistence that he's neutral on Roe and doesn't think the President is above the law. I kept waiting for one of the Republicans to call him a "flip-flopper," but I guess these things are relative.

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