Monday, January 09, 2006

The Kennedy Conundrum

Ted Kennedy seems to have a problem with SCROTUM nominee Judge Joseph Alito. Kennedy said that Alito's record, "troubles me deeply." Well Teddy, you would know about 'deeply' wouldn't you? How deep did your car sink in to Chappaquiddick?

Kennedy doesn't like Alito's record on support for a powerful Executive branch. "In an era when the White House is abusing power, is excusing and authorizing torture, and is spying on American citizens, I find Judge Alito's support for an all-powerful executive branch to be genuinely troubling," he said. I guess Teddy prefers an all powerful but liberal Judicial branch that will continue to find rights in the Constitution that even the Founders didn't know they put there. By way of contrast, Kennedy's friends and supporters also seem to favor taking away rights that the Founders specifically enumerated. Ah, but that's just water under the bridge isn't it? Oh, sorry, bad pun.

I don't really have any position at all on Alito. I doubt he will return any sanity to the Court. It's at least possible he won't do much harm. Alito himself says, "No person in this country, no matter how high or powerful, is above the law, and no person in this country is beneath the law." This is probably what concerned Kennedy the most. It is likely that he is outraged because he believes that he is in fact, above the law and he took Alito's comment as a personal attack on Kennedy's right to murder pretty young girls while he drives drunk.

And Teddy, please, in the interest of all that is good and right in the world, keep your clothes on in public.