November 3, 2005

"Disdaining any label and keeping an almost allergic distance from discussions of ideology or politics."

That's how the L.A. Times describes Samuel Alito. What if a judge wasn't just trying or pretending to push politics to the side but was actually not political?
Former colleagues praise Alito's legal acumen and quiet affability, but describe him as essentially apolitical. He is registered as a Republican in West Caldwell, N.J., but Federal Election Commission records dating to 1983-84 show no campaign contributions in his or his wife's name. Even longtime neighbors said he was so reticent that some on the block didn't know he was a judge.

"Summertime, in the backyard, we would have barbecues and would never, ever talk about anything involving his work or politics," said Alex Panzano, who lives across the street from the Alitos in the Newark suburb.

Even in high school:
Alito was a talented debater and enjoyed the intellectual sparring involved. But even then, he recoiled from anything resembling inflexible ideology. His scrawled yearbook message to [fellow debater Victor McDonald] ribbed the classmate about his politics: "Who will replace you next year as [Steinert High School's] biggest reactionary? I doubt anybody can be as FAR RIGHT as you."

In college, there's something quite interesting:
While at Princeton, Alito staked out a rare, provocative position while chairing a student conference on the "boundaries of privacy in American society." He wrote a report that recommended the repeal of laws that made sex between gays a crime and urged new antidiscrimination laws for gays in the workplace.


Gerry said...

I am still going through the Alito dissents, but I have to say, between them, between the few articles Alito wrote that I have read, and the snippets you keep pointing out, I am even happier than I was with Roberts (although he is less whimsical in his writings). I may end up liking this guy even more than I like Thomas.

F said...

On the privacy paper at Princeton - I think that he was the senior appointed to help the juniors writing the paper and he only solo-authored the foreward. Jeffrey Weil wrote the section on gay rights and couldnt remember whether Alito agreed or might be wise not to read too much into it (

SteveWe said...

Again, Ann, thanks for your no BS comments. I am so very tired of the Dem's BS which tries to paint someone into a corner just because that someone doesn't sign in 100% to their POV.

Dave said...

Gays are entitled to privacy?

Uh-oh, looks like Brownback et al will have to reject this heathen.

P. Froward said...

So has anybody on the left started accusing Alito of being gay, yet, with that Princeton thing as "evidence"?

knoxgirl said...

I don't pretend to know anything about law or the qualifications of a Supreme Court justice, but if this is true, it sounds ideal to me.