Tuesday, January 10, 2006


Ted Kennedy and the Alito Hearings

I saw this quote of Ted Kennedy at Michelle Malkin yesterday.
In an era when America is still too divided by race and riches, Judge "Alioto" has not written one single opinion on the merits in favor of a person of color alleging race discrimination on the job. In fifteen years on the bench, not one.
Malkin makes a lengthy defense of Alito in race using numerous examples. I would like to hear Ted Kennedy describe what he plans to do to narrow the divide by riches. I bet, whatever his plan, it doesn't include putting any kind of dent in his family fortune for which he expended little effort.

Today Malkin referenced this op-ed column in the Washington Times. The first sentence of the column reads:
"Something unusual happened on the way to this week's nomination hearings for Judge Samuel Alito: Reporters scoffed at the ridiculousness of Sen. Ted Kennedy."
Seems Teddy is losing influence and respect.

Alito seems to be performing well in the Senate hearings. Here are the New York Times transcripts of today's exchanges. There is a good exchange with Senator Biden when Biden asks:
But all kidding aside, I mean, that's how it read to me; that sheer personal antipathy is OK, even when the employer's reason for not hiring the person toward whom they showed sheer personal antipathy weren't true. How do you distinguish that from discrimination, subtle discrimination? That's tough for me.
Alito follows with a good explanation and points out how opinions written by Sandra Day O'Connor agree with opinions he has put forth.

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