Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Even more on "Scalito"

From the Washington Post:
The real Sam Alito, according to the lawyers and other friends who know him well, is more like the second coming of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., but with a longer paper trail. They describe Alito as a studious, diligent, scholarly judge with a first-rate mind and a deadpan sense of humor, a neutral arbiter who does not let personal beliefs affect his legal judgments.

They say he inherited a commitment to unbiased professionalism from his father, who served as the New Jersey legislature's nonpartisan research director for a quarter century. They don't know anyone who isn't a journalist who actually calls him "Scalito."
And yet journalists always attribute the term to other people. Very odd.


Blogger David Sucher said...

My concern about Alito -- and this would apply to a liberal as well -- is that he has never held a job outside government and is one of those ivory tower lawyers. Like Rehnquist and Robets and many others, he appears to me to be a "statist." That'sof more concern to me than his position onany partiocular issue.

Apart from the manner in which Miers presented herself, I was favorably impressed that she might have actually met a real live individual client. Apparently Alito never has.

9:06 AM  
Blogger QD said...

Well, color me unsurprised. I've long assumed that when news stories included vague impersonal references to "critics" or "others," that meant the scuttlebut they had picked up on the media bus or the hotel bar the night before.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Brett said...

SOP; A lot of the unattributed references in news stories are just reporters telling each other stories so that they can each claim they heard it from somebody else. Like a cop sending his partner to make a call from a pay phone, so he can act on a call from an "anoymous informant".

Watch out when they won't say who said something. Its usually because the story would suffer if you knew.

12:18 AM  

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