This is perhaps one of the best pieces I’ve read on how Alito came up through the ranks. Sure, the Post is obsessed with appellation (Reagan’s policies weren’t just policies but conservative policies), but the Post is also familiar enough with the give and take of luck and preparation so characteristic of political grooming that it doesn’t immediately attribute Alito’s rise to some cabal of conservative conspirators. It also puts to rest some talking points of the left.
Whereas some people are likely to talk about his role in dismantling affirmative action, the Post evenhandedly provides evidence that Alito was no racist:
Whereas people will point to his touting of his conservative credentials, the Post points out that he’s far more even-handed.
And is he going to be a problem to confirm like Bork?
Solid reporting, it would seem.
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