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.



  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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