Comments: Alito Blogging

It's moot now, but this post has been kind of bugging me. It's not that Alito is more conservative than the person he's replacing. It's that he fundamentally doesn't accept the notion of "separate but equal" branches of government, and if you don't have that, what's the point of a Supreme Court?

Posted by Jonathan Dresner at January 31, 2006 08:35 PM

Jonathan - I had hoped the post would spark some comments about why I was wrong to be ambivalent.

I've been considering your words and you have a definite point.

My problem is that I'm aware that people don't always vote they way you expect them to when they become Supreme Court Justices. (Who expected Sandra Day O'Connor to become such a staunch abortion rights defender?)

I didn't blog much about Alito, but I did a lot of reading about him and his nomination. In truth, I found much that worried me, but I didn't find what looked to me like a smoking gun.

Yes, he's a lot more conservative than an intelligent person can be comfortable with, but ever since I realized that I'm not a centrist (I honestly thought I was) but am, instead, sitting to the left of the Left, I've distrusted my own personal judgement on whether or not someone is "too" conservative.

It takes something like the Bush Administration's open contempt for the law and the checks and balances of our constitution to convince me that it's not my imagination, that someone really is a wingnut and a dangerous extremist.

Posted by Anne at February 3, 2006 03:28 PM