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Sunday, January 08, 2006

War Against Alito Heats Up

Editorialists and columnists across the country worked overtime last night to make sure the big Sunday newpapers have lots of coverage, opinion, and spin on Samuel Alito today.

David Broder of the Washinton Post, makes sure to use the right words in his editorial piece, "Alito's Challenge". He makes sure with quotes like this from a law professor, that people are convinced Alito is an extreme right wing judge:

University of Chicago law professor Cass Sunstein, for example, concluded a study of Alito's dissents with the observation that "there is a good chance that Alito will be with Justices [Antonin] Scalia and [Clarence] Thomas in their attempts to move constitutional law in some respects to what it was a long time ago."

To me, this is a great thing. Constitutional law, a long time ago, interpreted the Constitution, it didn't invent rights based on theory, international law, or social feelings. A long time ago law was looked on as the bedrock for society, and we all know bedrock isn't supposed to move on a whim.
The Chicago Tribune editorial, "Tackling a Judges Ideology" goes after Alito for not having a consistent enough judicial philosophy.

Senators often speak of "judicial philosophy" with some suspicion, preferring judges who claim to be blank slates without any preconceived views. However, a justice should have a coherent judicial philosophy, particularly after 15 years on the federal bench like Alito. Blind deference is not a form of judicial philosophy; it is a form of judicial bias.

That's kind of a different way of attacking someone, calling them biased because they can't find a philosophy, which in itself would be called biased.

I'm sure over the next week, as the Senate hearings go on, we'll get more wind from the editorial boards across the country. Every answer given will be disected for the slightest hint that the last vestigages of the Warren Court days could be over. (Update: That started with Monday's papers, before the hearing began)

Alito appears to be the left's biggest nightmare, he's never attacked any of their pet projects in full, and head on. Instead, he's attacked the surrounding ideas on many of them, in a way that is hard to pin down, and generally consistent with law, not social effect.

Other Washington Post Coverage Today: A Search for Order, Alito Advocacy,

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5Comments:

Blogger Steven Tucker said...

Is there really any doubt that he'll make the court though? It just seems like its' the far left that is throwing a fit.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

No, I don't doubt he'll be confirmed, though I think with Kennedy and others editorializing on it they are trying to pressure a few Republican's into voting against him.

Reid is also looking for a delay between the committee hearings and full senate vote, just to slow things down.

10:38 AM  
Blogger shoprat said...

I hope that Reid's and Kennedy's etc. worst nightmare comes true.

They have been a nightmare to the American people for long enough.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Since I know Alito will probably pass I find this all amusing. Lets see how red in the face Kennedy and Schumer can get asking idiotic questions to a man like Alito? Should be enjoyable. Just like watching Condi put people in their place without losing it herself. Gotta love it :-).

7:24 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

I watched the Roberts hearings and almost felt sorry for them. They were completely intellectually overmatched. I don't think Alito will be any more fun for them.

3:39 AM  

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