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Washington Post: “Confirm Samuel Alito”


The Washington Post’s editorial to be published in Sunday’s paper is a model of how responsible and intelligent liberals should treat Judge Alito’s nomination. I obviously don’t find Alito’s record “troubling” in the areas that the Washington Post does, but its views are well within the range of fair commentary and flow naturally from its more liberal judicial philosophy and political outlook.

Here’s a key excerpt, which provides (implicitly, to be sure) a resounding repudiation of Teddy Kennedy and company:

“Judge Alito is superbly qualified. His record on the bench is that of a thoughtful conservative, not a raging ideologue. He pays careful attention to the record and doesn’t reach for the political outcomes he desires. His colleagues of all stripes speak highly of him. His integrity, notwithstanding efforts to smear him, remains unimpeached.”


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