Conservatives were worried that Harriet Miers held the same beliefs in 2005 that she held in 1985. Liberals should be worried that Samuel Alito holds the same beliefs in 2005 that he held in 1985. Alito's impressive job application for deputy assistant attorney general in the Reagan administration shows why conservatives now want to hire him for the job of Supreme Court justice.
Why is Slate the best journalism available? I don't know, but it is. Here is a very interesting piece on Alito's abortion cases:
The bottom line is that Sam Alito, along with John Roberts, is an absolute coward. This pig, this pathetic, pandering animal, has refused to stand up and say what must be said by any Supreme Court nominee worthy of being called a conservative: that he is personally opposed to abortion, and that Roe was wrongly decided and that the Constitution nowhere states that there is a right to an abortion. This blob of venomous sputum couldn't even stand up and support a ban on partial birth abortion. If he is too cowardly to do this, he does not deserve support from conservatives. I don't give a good God damn if he said he opposes abortion in 1985 when he begged and pleaded for a job with Ed Meese, I care if he says it in 2005 when it really counts. Instead, he pandered to that worthless piece of trash Barbara Boxer and downplayed his statement in 1985. We already have a David Souter in John Roberts. We don't need an Anthony Kennedy in Sam Alito.
By Dahlia Lithwick
Posted Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, at 2:46 PM ET
Can we talk?
This week's revelation that Judge Samuel Alito is on record, as early as 1985, insisting that he "personally believes very strongly" that there is no constitutional right to abortion should have conservative pundits and thinkers jigging for joy. After all, they claim that they're dying to have this big, defining, national conversation about the role of judges; about the need to repair the damage wrought by renegade liberal activists who've been trampling all over the Constitution for decades. So, here is Sam Alito, unequivocally opening the door to that national conversation with his personal assertion that Roe is bad law.
And what are Alito's supporters, and Alito himself, doing? Backpedaling so fast, all you can see is the blur of their lost integrity.