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  •  Did Alito actually say (none)
    That Prez has the last say on the scope of executive power?  To the exclusion of Congress and (more importantly) the Court?

    The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it. --George Bernard Shaw

    by Categorically Imperative on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 10:34:02 AM PST

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    •  Yes. (none)
      It was one of the last, if not the last, responses he made to a leading question by a GOP senator (can't recall who right now - I'm livid and tired and I should be in bed because I work tonight).

      I am growing more and more despondent.  The GOPers are oblivious to the fact that their legs are about to be cut out from under them, that the Alito's of the world have no respect for the vitality of our constitution and it's brilliant separation of powers.  It's as if the very principle of separation of powers is alien to them.  They're as unprincipled as they are unprincipaled.

      The DEMs are doing better and, IMHO, have much more to work with because they have the power of "powers" behind them.  My fear is too many senators, too much of the media, and too many of us think this argument is "arcane."

      It's the constitution, stupid.

      •  Alito is exposing himself (none)
        As an ignorant (willfully or otherwise) hack when it comes to constitutional interpretation and legal theory.  There is no support for his view of executive power; the whole thing is a masturbatory law review article that was cute 8 years ago run amok.  Not only that, he apparently doesn't understand very basic aspects of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, like the standard for summary judgment.  

        The Dems had better not punk out on a filibuster because they think the basic principles of the American republic are too arcane.

        The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it. --George Bernard Shaw

        by Categorically Imperative on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 10:56:39 AM PST

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      •  here's the exchange (none)
        Courtesy of occams hatchet, above.  It's with Kyl of Arizona:


        ALITO: [snip] So it's the difference between scope and control. And as I understand the idea of the unitary executive, it goes just to the question of control; it doesn't go to the question of scope.

        KYL: Of who, eventually, has the last say about executive power, which would be the president.

        ALITO: Right.


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