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The Left’s “Concerted Attack” on Conservative Justices

This Politico article from yesterday (titled “The liberal campaign against SCOTUS conservatives”) discusses how “liberal groups have launched an aggressive—and at times personal—attack on the court’s most conservative justices.” As it puts it, “The sharp questioning of the impartiality and ethics of Justices Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and to a lesser extent Samuel Alito represents the most concerted attack on a bloc of justices since the early 1970s.” The article points out that lots of sensible folks “from across the political spectrum” have discerned what’s up:

The condemnation of the two justices seems “suspiciously partisan,” [Harvard law professor, and former Souter clerk, Noah] Feldman wrote, while other legal scholars and court watchers from across the political spectrum have also dismissed the campaign as a stretch, at best, and dangerous, at worst.

As I’ve addressed in several posts, what’s perhaps most remarkable about the Left’s “concerted attack” on Thomas, Scalia, and Alito is how recklessly it distorts the relevant facts. See, for example, “Insipid Call for Justice Thomas’s Recusal from Obamacare Case”; “Uncommon Inanity” (about Common Cause’s inane claim that Scalia and Thomas should have recused themselves from Citizens United); and “Misreading the Tea Leaves,” “More on Misreading the Tea Leaves,” and “Reports on Scalia’s Event with Congressional Tea Party Caucus” (all on Scalia’s speaking on separation of powers at an event open to all members of Congress).

Alas, the inanity continues. As I will discuss more fully soon, former Clinton Secretary of Labor Robert Reich appears to have sunk to a new low.

Ed Whelan

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