Friday, January 13, 2006

In a Nutshell

From Greg Saunders at The Talent Show:

"On the one hand, we're supposed to believe that Alito is a top-notch intellectual giant, but he's so uninformed about the most controversial issues of our time that he can't be bothered to form an opinion. Alito's a neutral "referee" who's willing to listen to both sides before making up his mind, but he's so weak-willed that taking any stand at all would limit his ability to be even-handed in future cases. I don't know which is worse : Republicans insulting our intelligence by playing dumb, or taking them at their word that and accepting the notion that their best pick for the high court is a habitual liar who's too stupid to remember things he did and said 20 years ago."



Blogger Philip Morton said...

You're right. If the Dems don't fight this guy, we've lost the highest court in the land to this ideologue's deciding vote. And the Repub's victory will be complete - loss of freedom, loss of civil liberties, control of women's bodies, control of corporation over individuals...

8:07 AM, January 13, 2006  
Blogger Jessica said...

Looks pretty clear that it will be a party line vote.

Despite his care in tiptoeing around opinions, Alito isn't opaque. He obviously doesn't care for Roe, favors big business, is likely to treat the executive branch with great deference, and doesn't mind associating himself with bigots. I wouldn't call him weak-willed; I'd call him scary.

7:18 AM, January 14, 2006  
Blogger mal said...

sadly, the folks pointing fingers at him have some messes in their own closets. The "shuck and jive" from the hearings is politics as usual. interesting to me was the way he kept citing "stare decisis" This guy may end up just sitting on his hands

Kennedy is looking like the swing vote on the court now

2:05 PM, January 15, 2006  
Blogger Cranky Yankee said...

I think the fact that shrubco nominated the guy betrays any notion thta is any sort of intellectual giant.

We have to keep telling ourselves that these are temporary situations. The next president will most likely have a democratic congress.

4:45 AM, January 17, 2006  
Blogger dusty said...

I vote for the latter..

9:18 AM, January 17, 2006  
Blogger United We Lay said...

They all have messes. That doesn't mean they shouldn't be critical. This is the next SUPREME COURT JUSTICE OF THE UNITED STATES. Doesn't that mean anything to anyone? SHOULDN'T he be held to a higher standard? He's going to pass judgement on NATIONAL LAW. We are all going to be suffereing from his appointment for years to come.

6:29 AM, January 18, 2006  

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