Politics: 29 October 2010

Where’s Alito Now?

Back during the State of the Union address, President Obama said, “With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that, I believe, will open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections.” In response, Alito mouthed the words, “Not true.” This is rude, of course, and shows just how far the conservative movement has gone when even a Supreme Court Justice can’t just shut-up for this annual ceremony.

After Obama has been proven utterly correct, Samuel Alito now says that he is going to skip the next State of the Union address because it has become “very political and awkward for the justices.” He’s right. Now that we have four highly partisan, conservative justices on the court, it does make the event very political. The future does not look bright. As Paul Krugman said in his column today, “Be afraid. Be very afraid.”

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