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If I had spent 8 years at 4 different universities and still couldn’t come up with a degree, Karl, I wouldn’t comment on the intelligence of a summa cum laude graduate from Princeton. It’s just tacky.

I understand why she makes Newt and Rush nervous. If I had had as many divorces as either of those guys, a woman judge would probably make me nervous. I have to say that a guy whose television career was measured in nanoseconds because he couldn’t stop himself from making affirmative action comments about a black NFL quarterback, should probably avoid the racism issue.

Via Keith Olbermann, who got it from Glenn Greenwald, these comments by Samuel Alito in response to questioning by Senator Coburn [R-Oklahoma]:

ALITO: I don’t come from an affluent background or a privileged background. My parents were both quite poor when they were growing up.

And I know about their experiences and I didn’t experience those things. I don’t take credit for anything that they did or anything that they overcame.

But I think that children learn a lot from their parents and they learn from what the parents say. But I think they learn a lot more from what the parents do and from what they take from the stories of their parents lives.

And that’s why I went into that in my opening statement. Because when a case comes before me involving, let’s say, someone who is an immigrant — and we get an awful lot of immigration cases and naturalization cases — I can’t help but think of my own ancestors, because it wasn’t that long ago when they were in that position.

And so it’s my job to apply the law. It’s not my job to change the law or to bend the law to achieve any result.

But when I look at those cases, I have to say to myself, and I do say to myself, “You know, this could be your grandfather, this could be your grandmother. They were not citizens at one time, and they were people who came to this country.”

When I have cases involving children, I can’t help but think of my own children and think about my children being treated in the way that children may be treated in the case that’s before me.

And that goes down the line. When I get a case about discrimination, I have to think about people in my own family who suffered discrimination because of their ethnic background or because of religion or because of gender. And I do take that into account. When I have a case involving someone who’s been subjected to discrimination because of disability, I have to think of people who I’ve known and admire very greatly who’ve had disabilities, and I’ve watched them struggle to overcome the barriers that society puts up often just because it doesn’t think of what it’s doing — the barriers that it puts up to them.

So those are some of the experiences that have shaped me as a person.

I don’t remember any uproar about him being a bigot.


1 hipparchia { 05.28.09 at 2:04 am }

alito can has empathy. whodathunkit?

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2 fallenmonk { 05.28.09 at 8:33 am }

What’s really amazing is that they are comparing her to Harriet Miers…
SMU – no honors
no judicial experience
no prosecuting experience
no teaching experience
merely because they are both women.
They just won’t admit that President Obama has picked one of the best candidates available and they won’t be able to stop her rising to the highest court as she should.

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3 Comrade Kevin { 05.28.09 at 9:38 am }

I really don’t find much objectionable with this pick. It makes it difficult for the GOP to criticize her without alienating voters they need to appeal to if they want to even exist in the future.

I think the abortion issue is much ado about nothing, since this woman has never really made any solid ruling against a woman’s right to choose. She in many ways is a blank slate regarding many matters.

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4 Bryan { 05.28.09 at 10:12 am }

Hipparchia, Alito knows how to play the “empathy card”, as he would have thrown his grandparents into the Atlantic if it would have pleased the Party.

Fallenmonk, She has more experience than anyone currently on the Court when they were nominated, and she has state-level criminal law experience which is totally lacking from the Court.

CK, They are complaining about her “Second Amendment” ruling, which was about nunchuks being illegal in New York. She ruled in favor of states rights, which was the position of the Supreme Court at the time.

5 Lab Kat { 05.28.09 at 4:11 pm }

And, this is just the wingnuts’ uproar over the President putting her name out there. I’m shuddering to think how bad it will eventually get… I hope she has Hillary Clinton’s number on speed dial.

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6 Bryan { 05.28.09 at 4:34 pm }

She isn’t a liberal, she’s a centerist, and hangs close to the established rulings. She hasn’t done anything particularly exciting, but then, she isn’t supposed to. Judges are supposed to state the law for a particular set of circumstances.

You can’t get “creative” until you sit on the Supreme Court, because until then you are subject to being overruled.

For me, the big thing is that she has actually tried as a prosecutor and heard as a judge criminal trials. The Supreme Court almost never has anyone with actual criminal law experience, even though that is the basis for most trials in the country.