Thursday, November 10, 2005

Alito is a true bullshit artist

John at AmericaBlog points us to an article in which Sam Alito says that his promise to recuse himself from cases involving Vanguard Group turned out to be "unduly restrictive," so he couldn't keep it.

Odd that it wasn't "unduly restrictive" when he had 20-some-thousand dollars in the fund, but became "unduly restrictive" when he had somewhere between $400,000 and $1,000,000 in the fund--amounting to between about two-thirds and one quarter of Alito's total current holdings. Really. It's fucking weird how that works.

Maybe this will work for other Republicans.
  • Bill Frist: An actual blind trust like the one I said I had would have been "unduly restrictive."

  • Scooter Libby: The rule that says I can't lie to federal investigators proved "unduly restrictive."

  • Tom Delay: The law that says I can't send corporate money to state campaigns is "unduly restrictive."

  • George W. Bush: My commitment to do not only what was legal but what was right proved "unduly restrictive."

This is genius. The idea that commitments we've made--even those which we've made as part of testimony to Congress and, therefore, should be considered perjury if broken--can be unmade when they prove "unduly restrictive" sure makes life a lot easier.

Have sex, priests. Your vows are clearly "unduly restrictive."

Contracts, your Lenten promises, the Ramadan fast and those wedding vows are obviously you-know-what.

Whoopee! Thank God the Republicans came around to bring back an era of personal responsibility!


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