Alito respects Roe v. Wade

News & Politics

The wires have been abuzz with the news that Bush's Supreme nominee Sammy Alito's recent statements indicate that whatever his personal feelings (his mother claims he's pro-life), he won't overturn Roe v. Wade. Well, at least Joe Lieberman is convinced by his statements.

But Scott Lemieux calls bullshit: "It takes someone as hard-wired to roll over and play dead as Lieberman to infer something from them."

Here's what Alito said, in Lieberman's words: "He basically said . . . that Roe was precedent on which people -- a lot of people -- relied, and been precedent now for decades and therefore deserved great respect."

Noting that Rehnquist used remarkably similar language of "respecting" an opinion to which he dissented, Lemieux cautions: "these kinds statements by Alito mean absolutely nothing. Talking about 'respected precedents' is a good way of evading the issue, and that's it."

It's politics, pure and simple. Lieberman is given the cover of having been "convinced" that Alito is a moderate -- or some such baloney -- and Lieberman remains in the good graces of the Republicans in control of the Senate. (Lawyers, Guns and Money)

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