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Fact-Checking Harry Reid

The gloves are off over the Hobby Lobby decision. Come to think of it, they came off in the Hobby Lobby decision. The principal dissent by Justice Ginsburg was more than caustic. It was a declaration of war — upon the majority which, in turn and according to Ginsburg, had declared war on women. Justice Sotomayor rattled the saber some more three days later, in her nearly hysterical dissent — for herself and Justices Kagan and Ginsburg — from the Court’s grant of emergency protection for Wheaton College.

Justice Alito’s majority opinion in Hobby Lobby was actually sturdy, solid, and courageous. Some would even say that it was “manly”. 

Harry Reid would. In fact, Harry Reid did — yesterday, in the nation’s Capitol, when he declared his party’s support for a bill which would overrule Hobby Lobby. Reid’s stated rationale was belligerent, too. As quoted in today’s New York Times: “The one thing we’re going to do during this work period, sooner rather than later, is to ensure that women’s lives are not determined by virtue of five white men”. 

That will be news to Clarence Thomas.


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