Thursday, November 17, 2005

Alito and the timid critics

Why any thinking person would be pussyfooting on where Samuel Alito is coming from (or going to) as a lawyer and judge, is beyond me. In the words of a Yale professor of law, Alito does not have a conservative judicial view—he has a “radical” judicial view. He is, in fact, far out of the judicial mainstream as his record readily indicates.

So he’s “qualified”. When is the last time your heard the American Bar Association say someone is NOT qualified? So, he has a quiet and polite judicial temperament. How did that come into play when he made the decision condoning the strip search of a 10-year old girl not covered by an authorizing warrant? He may be a Bork on tranquilizers—but a Bork none the less.

His 1985 anti-abortion memo speaks volumes as to where the future of women’s rights is headed when he tilts the balance of the court to the far right. What is even more telling is his rational for it. He was just “an advocate seeking a job”—an exuberance of youth. Since when is a 35 year old man a “youth”? He explains that he has learned more over the years about the Constitution. One would hope so, but if you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’ll give you for a good price.

Moreover if Alito takes the anti-women's rights position of his memo-- when he was just an “advocate seeking a job”–what will be his position when he is out from under the pressure of worrying about a job?

Bill Sanders

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