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October 31, 2005

"Scalito"

President Bush's choice of Samuel Alito as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court--see the Seattle Times story here --is much , much better and more defensible than Harriet Miers. He has 15 years of experience on the Third Circult Court of Appeals, and he has written more than 240 majority opinions.Therefore, the man has a paper trail, and may be judged by what he has written. Miers had never been a judge. Also, as an attorney, Alito has argued cases in front of the Supreme Court, which Miers had not.

Besides, I like the nickname, "Scalito." It suggests an alignment with Antonin Scalia, who, apart from Clarence Thomas, is the Justice who is most fastidious about interpreting the Constitution the way it was written and originally understood to mean.

I hope the arguments about Alito are about more than abortion. That's only one of many issues and, to me, hardly the most important one. I think how the court interprets the Commerce Clause is more important, because it determines the limits of Congressional power on a whole host of issues, from medical marijuana to migratory birds.

An interesting note: Alito was the favorite on Intrade, an Internet service for betting on current events. As available here, at the time I write this, betters are giving about 80% odds that Alito will be confirmed by the Senate.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at October 31, 2005 01:16 PM



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