01/10/2006: Judg(ing) Alito...
Watching C-Span on the Alito nominations hearings. I keep hearing *definitional* descriptions from him, but not his own VIEWS on a lot of topics.
I am really disturbed by his biggest issue he is *tap dancing* around is this Presidential *interpretation* of legislative intent in these *Signing documents*
He refuses to say - directly - that this is a legislative prerogative -- NOT a Presidential prerogative under the Constitution. Yet in other contexts he keep harping how each Governmental branch should *stick to its own job* - avoiding this entire implication of his position on the "Unitary Executive."
Alito said something like: "...there are theoretical issues which have to be explored. I don't believe the Supreme Court has done that. I've not seen, in my 15 years plus on the 3rd Circuit, come to grips with the question 'What is the significance of a Presidential Signing Statement on the interpretation of a statute.'" As if, put on the SC bench, he would allow it as a valid one for judicial review to use these interpretation as equal to the congressional intent and legislative history.
Not liking him or his answers so far. (Ha - as if I really expected differently. What was I THINKING?) He also has done some significant backpeddaling over issues in his more objectional opinions and his membership in that Princeton group that opposed women and minorities at that school.
Karen on 01.10.06 @ 12:20 PM CST