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    :: Thursday, January 12, 2006 ::
    The glow-in-dark praises Judge Alito has received from an ideologically diverse panel of 3rd Circuit colleagues create a problem for the Democrats. Their strategy in response has now been revealed by Sen. Leahy: claim that because these judges' opinions might be reviewed by Alito if he is confirmed, they can't be expected to speak freely. Yup, they came all the way to Washington (from the west coast, in the case of Judge Alito's former boss, Judge Garth) just to brownnose.

    It took less than a minute to say, but Leahy managed to claim that these six present and former federal judges are cowards and aggressive sycophants, and that Alito is the kind of guy who would use Supreme Court opinions to get even with former colleagues for criticizing him. It's so sleazy, I'm tempted to accuse Leahy of exploiting a stereotype about Italian-Americans.

    Sens. Sessions and Cornyn have called Leahy on this. Meanwhile, Sen. Durbin explicitly "associated" himself with Leahy's comments.

    EDITED TO ADD: Apparently Feingold was the first to float this puppy.

    :: David M. Wagner 4:55 PM [+] ::

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