Thursday, January 12, 2006

Reasons to Bork Alito

From the NYT:

EVIDENCE OF EXTREMISM Judge Alito's extraordinary praise of Judge Bork is unsettling, given that Judge Bork's radical legal views included rejecting the Supreme Court's entire line of privacy cases, even its 1965 ruling striking down a state law banning sales of contraceptives...

OPPOSITION TO ROE V. WADE In 1985, Judge Alito made it clear that he believed the Constitution does not protect abortion rights. He had many chances this week to say he had changed his mind, but he refused. When offered the chance to say that Roe is a "super-precedent," entitled to special deference because it has been upheld so often, he refused that, too...

SUPPORT FOR AN IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY Judge Alito has backed a controversial theory known as the "unitary executive," and argued that the attorney general should be immune from lawsuits when he installs illegal wiretaps...

INSENSITIVITY TO ORDINARY AMERICANS' RIGHTS Time and again, as a lawyer and a judge, the nominee has taken the side of big corporations against the "little guy," supported employers against employees, and routinely rejected the claims of women, racial minorities and the disabled...

DOUBTS ABOUT THE NOMINEE'S HONESTY Judge Alito's explanation of his involvement with Concerned Alumni of Princeton is hard to believe. In a 1985 job application, he proudly pointed to his membership in the organization. Now he says he remembers nothing of it - except why he joined, which he insists had nothing to do with the group's core concerns...

7 Comments:

Blogger John B. said...

That and the made for the cameras crying fit by his wife yesterday.

January 12, 2006  
Blogger torporific said...

That was pathetic.

January 12, 2006  
Blogger Moulton said...

Congressional hearings sure are tear-jerkers, eh?

January 12, 2006  
Blogger lemming said...

Well, I've been known to cry while listening to them...

I predict that Alito will be approved and Roe v. Wade will, in some way shape or form, be eliminated. Then it will become a states issue and I can only imagine what that will be like for the folks who live in Indiana.

January 12, 2006  
Blogger torporific said...

I hope it never happens, but if it does, the Republicans will lose a very important wedge issue.

January 12, 2006  
Blogger indygirl said...

*packing bags ready for move to Canada*

January 12, 2006  
Blogger torporific said...

I've thought about it many times. I just wish they'd conquered some warm territory or something.

January 12, 2006  

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