By Way of Reminder: Justice Alito

The man who yesterday became a Joe Wilson for “the least dangerous branch” —

Is the hyper-conservative Third Circuit judge against whom, specifically, Justice O’Connor drafted her historic “surprise” opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992) (h/t Jeff Toobin) and who, thanks to President Bush, would eventually take her seat on the Supreme Court. It’s like Moriarty getting 221B Baker Street through a tax sale: a final indignity. And he’s the man who, while a Supreme Court justice, would prove to be a pale shadow of Justice Scalia: all of the vitriol, none of the intellect.

Which is to say, there are probably some other reasons not to like the guy.

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2 comments

  1. My understanding of the ruling in Citizens United is that a foreign corporation cannot spend money on US political ads, but a foreign-owned US corporation (say, Citgo) can. Is this correct?

  2. Sorry for the crazy delay :). Off the top of my head, I don’t think we have a ban on foreign corporate money, yet, but Senator Schumer was working on one.

    In that eventual bill, though, I’m not sure how you’d distinguish between a “foreign corporation” and a “foreign owned corporation.” Most corporations can domesticate to do business in America with ridiculous ease; admitting there’s a harm from foreign corporations directing our elections, how do we best target it?

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