Supreme Court Confirmation

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Alito’s Conflict of Interest?

A potential glitch in the Alito nomination has arisen. He is taking some criticism for not recusing himself from a 2003 appeals court case involving the Vanguard Group, a mutual fund company. In his 1990 confirmation hearing for the appeals court, he promised to recuse himself from any cases involving this company, with whom he…

A Word from a Former Alito Clerk

Blue Mass Group has an interesting interview with Kate Pringle, a former clerk for Samuel Alito as well as for Stephen Breyer and Sandra Day O’Connor (how’s that for a resume?). Unlike Alito, Pringle is a liberal and a Democrat who was highly involved in John Kerry’s campaign. Nonetheless, she is a staunch supporter of…

Alito’s Religion Clause Rulings

Howard Friedman has an invaluable list of all of Alito’s religion clause rulings, including links to all of the actual rulings. Great place to start looking at his track record.

Alito is the Man

As I’m sure everyone knows by now, President Bush has nominated Samuel Alito to replace Harriet Miers and will send his name to the Senate for confirmation to take Sandra Day O’Connor’s seat on the Supreme Court. It’s an interesting pick to me, as I would have put him about 3rd or 4th on the…

Miers Withdraws, Ed Wins, Film at 11

As I predicted last weekend, Harriet Miers has withdrawn as a nominee to replace Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court. This paves the way for someone competent to be named to the court. But far more important than that, it wins me another dinner from my buddy Dan Ray. And that’s what really matters,…

More Thoughts on Miers

Two of my favorite thinkers weigh in on the Miers nomination. So sayeth Radley Balko: On Monday, the Washington Post ran excerpts of a 1992 article Harriet Miers wrote for Texas Lawyer. I’ve read the thing several times, now. I haven’t the foggiest idea what it’s actually about. Or advocating. Or why it was written.…

Balkin on Miers

Jack Balkin has a long and thorough essay on how Democrats should respond to the Miers nomination and he says much the same thing I’ve been saying. As he notes, the Democrats are currently in popcorn mode – sitting back, munching their popcorn and enjoying watching the Republicans yell at each other and call each…

Balko on Miers

Radley Balko is his usual ascerbic self after noting Arlen Specter’s statement that Harriet Miers’ nomination was still moving ahead okay but “she might need a crash course in constitutional law”: I picture Harriet Miers burning the midnight oil at the library with her Emmanuel Con Law outline all dog-eared up, a cup of Water…

This just keeps getting worse and worse for the White House. The questionnaire that Harriet Miers filled out was so bad that they sent it back to have her redo her answers. How bad was it? The LA Times reports: Asked to describe the constitutional issues she had worked on during her legal career, Supreme…

David Brooks on Miers

The conservative columnist David Brooks has been looking up all of Harriet Miers’ past writings and isn’t happy with what he sees: Of all the words written about Harriet Miers, none are more disturbing than the ones she wrote herself. In the early ’90s, while she was president of the Texas bar association, Miers wrote…