Has Wall Street Journal ever heard of Samuel Alito?


The Wall Street Journal, which is owned by the same outfit that owns Fox News Channel, carried a piece of hand-wringing this morning about the fact that one of President Obama’s potential nominees for the Supreme Court actually has a record of opinion on the issue of abortion.

Horrors! What a disturbing break from recent tradition!

To hear Nathan Koppel, the author of the piece, tell it,  recent high-court nominees have had “records virtually devoid of substantive statements on the matter” of abortion.

That’s nonsense. Don’t they have fact-checkers at the Journal?

As we see HERE, Samuel Alito came to the court four years ago with a paper trail showing his opposition to the Roe v. Wade ruling of 1973.



  1. Mike Carroll

    Uh Pat, there is a bit of a difference in the attempted comparison. Justice Alito wrote a memo (20+ years ago) as an attorney regarding legal strategy in preparing a case. Judge Woods has rendered judicial decisions.
    Apples to oranges Pat. Perhaps that site that you link should do a little homework or, at least, have some understanding of how our legal system works.

  2. Mike: The piece in the Journal said recent court nominees had “records virtually devoid of substantive statements” on abortion, not just court rulings on the issue.

    Moreover, Alito’s substantive statement of 1985 was his recommendation that the Reagan administration submit a brief to the Supreme Court “to make clear that we disagree with Roe v. Wade.”

    I think that makes it clear that he came to the court with a certain predisposition on the issue, which, of course, was his right.

    I’ve never been one to subscribe to that theory that every high-court nominee should be a blank slate.

    By the way, not to brag, but I “have some understanding of how our legal system works.”

  3. Mike Carroll

    “…I “have some understanding of how our legal system works.”
    Never doubted it.

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