A Scalia by any other name

"...The Alito nomination has all the makings of one of the most contentious Supreme Court battles in American history, with both liberals and conservatives raring for a knock-down, drag-out fight...

In his 15-year career as a judge, Alito has argued unsuccessfully for a law that required women to notify their spouses before they had an abortion. He ruled that the federal government does not have the right to regulate the sale of machine guns. He tried to limit the application of a federal law requiring employers to offer maternity, paternity and sick leave for their workers. He showed little sympathy for death row inmates who are denied effective lawyers..."

In other words, a died-in-the-wool ideological whacko.

"...Liberals are quietly delighted by a nominee who has the ability to unite all of the groups in opposition," said Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University. "Not since Bob Bork have you had a nominee who has the ability to coalesce all these groups...."

Not since Bob Bork have you had a nominee also so patently over-the-top in pre-judicial attittude and head-up-the-ass bias.

Is there no answer to the open promise to nominate a Justice who promises never to judge a case on its own merits but instead based on a philosophy that says the specifics don't matter -- only our prejudices do, and to always hand down decisions only slightly more predetermined and limited than those of the Magic 8-Ball?


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