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01/16/2006: We get comments....

Mike Hollihan takes issue with my recent post on the Sam Alito Yearbook Entry:

And Hillary dumped her Yale boyfriend for Bill because she recognised Bill had the fire and determination to become President. What's your point? Some folks just know early where they want to go. Like Bill, when he got himself photographed with President Kennedy all those years ago.

Jeez. Don't y'all ever get tired of this? No. Wait. I know the answer and it's no. I've seen your counterparts from the hate-Clinton years and y'all never tire.
Well, Mike, considering your continuing sproradic mockery of Hillary, and your "Kerry Mockery Page" you tried so diligently to linkwhore during the election (and successfully, since I recall you got a link to it from A Highly Overrated Blogger Who Is Also A Law Professor At UT-Knoxville), I suppose the best response is simply: "Pot. Kettle. Black." However, to answer your question....

What's my point? My point is that every law school class has at least one member who is a pretentious asshole that's convinced of his superiority and his eventual destiny to be One Of The Greatest Expositors Of The Law, or One Of The Great Presidents In American History, and we have some evidence that Alito was "one of them". When you have to deal with them in law school, they're highly aggravating and tend to draw their share of well deserved abuse. For some (Clinton, Alito), that abuse is simply the jealousy of lesser folks who'll never achieve. Good for them. It didn't make them any easier to deal with when they were just pissant law students like the rest of us.

And yes, I'd have probably found Clinton (and probably Hillary too) just as annoying were I their law school classmate (I wasn't blogging during the Clinton presidency--who of us were?--or I might have done a similar post about Bill and his boyhood ambition way back when). I do have a very close friend who knew Clinton well as he clawed his way up the ladder of Arkansas state government to the Governor's mansion in Little Rock, and based on what she's told me of Clinton I do have reason to believe that had I been his law school classmate I'd have found him an overly ambitious, overbearing, pretentious shit, but at least he'd be a likeable, overly ambitious, overbearing, pretentious shit. On the other hand I don't have any particular reason to believe that, had I been his law school classmate I'd have particuarly liked Alito (since he'd be annoying on account of his ambition, I'd have probably mildly disliked him). Based on what I've seen of Antonin Scalia, I'm sure that he was just as bad as Clinton and Alito back when he was in law school, and he's such a pompous, insolent, conceited prick that I'd have hated his guts.

Basically, I'll take the little snark at Alito now, since it appears to be deserved, and he's going to have the last laugh anyway, since he had both the native talent and the modicum of luck required (yes, there's some luck involved here; it's much, much easier to work your way into the Oval Office than to work your way into the Supreme Court Chambers; many lawyers have passed entire careers without seeing a vacancy open up on the Court) to make his boyhood dream a reality.

Len on 01.16.06 @ 09:27 PM CST

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