Breaking: Alito's friends like him

This isn't about a blog. Sue me. But I've got sand in the bathing suit, so to speak. I'd like to know who wrote, edited, assigned this totally worthless article for Bloomberg News on Alito? Isn't it a bit early for a Christmas gift?

First of all, can you think of anything less interesting or banal than an article titled: "Alito Is Described by Friends as Studious, Diligent and Modest"? I mean, they're his FRIENDS.

And what follows may as well be cribbed from Republican talking points. If he were even remotely good looking they would've hit that too. Thing is, the gist of the whole article seems to be that A. He's his own man, not anything like Scalia and B. He's not an ideologue.

Except, several paragraphs in we learn that he just doesn't have quite the same demeanor, "But he will be a conservative and I won't be surprised if he agrees with Justice Scalia a good portion of the time."

Oh, well, yeah... I guess those comparisons are unfair since their eye color is different and Scalia can't stomach Abba.

The article quotes not one, but two friends balking at the idea that Alito is an ideologue. Charles Fried: "He doesn't have some kind of rigorous ideological formula," and Mark Levy: "Alito wasn't a vocal or especially ideological conservative at the law school or in the solicitor general's office."

That's funny, an article from the non-ideological National Law Journal says, well, the exact opposite: "Judge Alito is described by lawyers as exceptionally bright, but much more of an ideologue than most of his colleagues."


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