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Hearing What You Want to Hear


I appreciate Senator Specter’s support for Judge Alito. Really, I do. But on the Senate floor just now, he urged his colleagues to vote affirmatively on cloture and on the nomination by declaring that Alito doesn’t believe in originalism, but believes instead that the Constitution is a living document (I paraphrase, but very closely). Does anyone but Specter believe that these are persuasive inferences from what Alito said during the hearings?


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