Again today listening in a bit via Pipeline while working. Right off the bat Senator Durbin gets into Alito and grills him on Griswald, privacy, and Roe. Again, these hearings more and more seem to be setting up Alito to be the taskmaster of the right in overturning Roe v. Wade. Alito absolutely would not answer directly the question of whether or not Roe was the settled law of the land (he did a Clintonesque what’s the meaning of settled routine). Roberts did as much, but not Alito. Maybe they’ve found their man.
He is saying he would approach Roe with an open mind, but I don’t get that feeling. Neither does Durbin, and I think Alito is the wrong guy. I get a feeling he is being snuck in under cover of darkness and will be the one to cast the swing vote. I am getting the feeling more and more that Roe might go, which might not be all bad. It is quite possible that a new case will be used and it will be tighter anyway, and could we become a super-duper-califragilisticexpialidocious precedent that we have all been looking for.
What are your thoughts?
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