The Corner

This Italian Thing

Maybe it’s merely my highminded utopian universalism talking, but I’m really surprised Alito’s ethnicity is being made into an issue.

I heard Orrin Hatch on NPR this morning warning Dems not to go after Alito for fear that they’d alienate Italian-Americans up and down the east coast. I know I brought this up yesterday, in regard to the silly Mafioso stuff, but I hardly expected it to be a major talking point of the GOP. That’s definitely how NPR made it sound this morning.

I think Hatch is right that it would be bad for East Coast Democrats to seem hostile to Alito’s heritage. But I think it’s ill-considered for him to wratchet-up that perception. Alito isn’t a good pick because he’s from an Italian family, just as Gonzales’ impressive personal history doesn’t change the fact he’d be a bad pick.

I mean come on. We’ve got paper trail out the ying-yang and people want to make this about where his parents are from?

Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor of National Review and the author of Suicide of the West, holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute.

Most Popular


An Idea for Student Loans: Get Rid of Them

Here is a three-part plan for something practical the federal government could do to relieve college-loan debt. Step 1: The federal government should stop making college loans itself and cease guaranteeing any such loans. Step 2: It should prohibit educational lending by federally regulated financial institutions ... Read More
White House

The Problem with the Mueller Report

So much for collusion. The media conversation has now officially moved on from the obsession of the last two years to obstruction of justice. That’s because the first volume of the voluminous Mueller report, the half devoted to what was supposed to be the underlying crime of a Trump conspiracy with Russia, ... Read More
White House


Some of you will be familiar with a lefty, partisan Democratic organization called MoveOn, formerly MoveOn.Org. It was founded during an investigation into President Bill Clinton’s shenanigans (which were not, Democratic mythology notwithstanding, strictly sexual in nature) and argued that it was time for the ... Read More