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Justice Alito Is Very Fair and Balanced.

Let me see if I can get this straight -- Justice Alito doesn't plan on attending any more Obama State of the Union addresses, but he thinks it's perfectly fine to attend extreme partisan fundraisers where Michele Bachman is the keynote speaker:
Last night, the American Spectator — a right-wing magazine known for its role in the “Arkansas Project,” a well-funded effort to invent stories with the goal of eventually impeaching President Clinton — held its annual gala fundraising event. The Spectator is more than merely an ideological outlet. Spectator publisher Al Regnery helps lead a secretive group of conservatives called the “Conservative Action Project,” formed after President Obama’s election, to help lobby for conservative legislative priorities, elect Republicans (the Conservative Action Project helped campaign against Democrat Bill Owens in NY-23), and block President Obama’s judicial appointments. The Spectator’s gala last night, with ticket prices/sponsorship levels ranging from $250 to $25,000, featured prominent Republicans like RNC chairman Michael Steele, hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer (a major donor to Republican campaign committees and attack ad groups), and U.S. Chamber of Commerce board member and former Allied Capital CEO William Walton. Among the attendees toasting Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), the keynote speaker for the event, was Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito.

It’s not the first time Alito has attended the Spectator dinner. In 2008, Alito headlined the Spectator’s annual gala, helping to raise tens of thousands of dollars for the political magazine. According to Jay Homnick, a conservative who attended the 2008 Spectator gala, Alito spent much of his speech ripping then Vice President-elect Joe Biden as a serial plagiarizer. 
 Swlip, help me out -- seriously.

What am I missing here?


  1. At this point, who are we kidding, we may as well just replace the justices with pelosi and limbaugh. At least they will be honest as to why they are deciding an issue a certain way, rather than hiding their intellectual dishonesty under a cloak of case law.

  2. Bush v. Gore worst decision ever.

  3. Ghosts of the past. I remember the Spectator article on Clinton very well. It was excellent investigative reporting. What intrigued me was that the account, if true, exposed both Paula Jones and Clinton as premeditated fabricators. He wanted her as a part time girlfriend and she was only too willing to agree to the proposition. Her tale of sexual aggression was wildly exaggerated and probably perjurious. Clinton's denials, while understandable, were absurd. I felt bad for Clinton. How a man so smart could be so dumb. He must have thought to himself every night: "at least Marilyn Monroe had the decency to cash in her chips before she opened her big mouth."

  4. As a lawyer I cringe when I see the President's video deposition testimony. In particular I cannot understand why his lawyer did not remove the Coke can from the video composition. It's a rookie mistake that just makes him look horrible.

  5. And this surprises you? Really? Why? His kind know that they can do or say just about anything these days and no one is going to raise an eyebrow.

    Hell, Limbaugh is getting paid millions and being listened to just as many while he regularly calls the President a "boy" every week.

    They're not even bothering to hide it anymore.


  6. All of the judges have a political agenda no doubt; but that isn't the issue here. I think the difference is that here Alito is in front of a friendly crowd. At the SOTU speech, he had to sit and take a brow beating about a case he decided without being able to defend himself.

    Personally, I think it would say more if he simply attended the SOTU and sucked it up. After all, at the end of the day, the Judge is there for life and can rule anyway he wants and can always put a FU footnote in his opinion which will be there for all eternity.

  7. Does the Hatch Act cover justices of the Supreme Court? I dunno'.

    But anything that sends Rick into fits of "they're not even hiding it anymore" gives me a thrill up my leg.

    How's it going, Rick? Still snatching WiFi from the comfort of your government vehicle?

  8. You know what else gives me a thrill up my leg? Women who can shoot ping-pong balls out of their whosit. These are the classy women I like to hang out with. And they like me so much, sometimes, they give me a discount. It's a win-win.

  9. Would it be too extrene to say that nobody involved in politics is fair and balanced?

  10. swlip....are you still cheating on your wife?

    You see how easy that game is played?



  11. If you watch the Ed Show and then Hardball and Hannity, you come to the conclusion that television has rotted a lot of brains. They are all whacko. There is no ability to get reasonable news anywhere; it is not possible for the people to vote without it being interpreted either as a fascist uprising or stupid people unable to know what is best for them.
    So now we will ahve a Congress populatred by right wing crazies and pinkos fighting each other. The greatest country the world has ever known deserves betetr than the leaders that we have.

  12. Hey swlip, maybe your wife does need that waterboarded confession out of you. Tell her my services are free. :)

  13. isnt it an ethical violation for a federal judge to attend a political fund raiser? someone should file a complaint

  14. Rick - Uh huh. Funny how your comments used to come from IPs all over the South Florida map.

    GW - One thing I'll always love Obama and Pelosi for is that they turned my wife into a Republican.

  15. @swlip

    Wait until I get you to admit to that affair with the both of them -- a kinky three-way with Nancy as dominatrix. Remember, facts don't matter when you have a rubber hose shoved down your throat!

  16. Let it go, swlip, whatever "it" is and whatever delusions it's causing you.

    You're much too important a guy to be hanging onto 4 or 5 year-old internet exchanges.


  17. Rick - Okay, your last comment gave me a good chuckle.

    GW - I hope that, wherever you are, you're being properly supervised.

  18. @swlip

    I'm the waterboarding opponent, you're the proponent. Which of us needs supervision again?

  19. More Fake Glenn GreenwaldNovember 16, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    Prosecutions are for those dirty rabble on the street selling drugs to other adults whom I sometimes see from the window of my car, not for our upstanding, Serious political leaders. When they commit grievous crimes, we should have an impotent Commission of other upstanding, Serious political leaders politely look at what happened, issue a pretty Report, and then call it a day. That is why George W. Bush feels so free to run around beating his chest and boasting of his war crimes: because Fred Hiatt and his media comrades, masquerading as watchdogs over the politically powerful, have deliberately created the climate where such crimes can not only be committed, but publicly confessed and heralded, with total impunity.

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