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Not the last time I checked.

Sure, Alito is only one judge, and the SOTU address is the President's forum, not the Supreme Court's. But, what did Alito do, exactly?

Alito while Obama is talking about Citizens United: YOU LIE!!!

No.

Alito's reaction was likely the same he would've had if the President was speaking to a small group that included himself, or if he watched the SOTU on TV, or if he and Obama were having a personal conversation.

Whether or not you think a judge can be a strict constructionist and NOT a teabagger (as many on Dkos are essentially equating him with the likes of Rep. Joe Wilson), Alito didn't say anything outloud and certainly didn't try to get the camera to focus on him...he had a human reaction to someting Obama said.

Is the Executive to be so strong that serious impeachment proceedings should go forward because a member of another branch of our federal government disagreed with him publicly? I know a few Senators on both sides of the aisle who should be lined up next, then. Impeaching Alito would be FEDERALISM FAIL, KING PRESIDENT WIN.

DKos, you make a difference. Major news media organizations watch you. Politicians take your lead. Opposition groups feed off of what's written here and apply it to all progressives and Democrats, regardless of whether it's accurate to do so. IMO, any serious talk of impeaching Alito should be confronted with the same fervor as was set against those who spoke of treason when we spoke against Bush II.

If you agree that things like GITMO inspire terrorism and make us less safe, the same logic should apply to the "Impeach Alito" diaries, blogs and comments.

DON'T FEED THE TROLLS (TEABAGGERS)AND LOSE THE INDEPENDENTS.

Originally posted to DonkSlayer on Thu Jan 28, 2010 at 12:45 PM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    debedb, VClib

    "I'm too fiscally conservative for the Democrats and too socially liberal for the Republicans, like 75% of the American people." --Governor Angus King

    by DonkSlayer on Thu Jan 28, 2010 at 12:45:34 PM PST

    •  I'm so close (1+ / 0-)
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      kafkananda

      to HR'ing for the use of the categorically false right-wing framing that Alito's a strict constructionist.

      No, he's a radical activist.

      In America, 60% of bankruptcies are because of medical bills, and 80% of those people had health insurance

      by sullivanst on Thu Jan 28, 2010 at 01:04:08 PM PST

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      •  HR all you want (0+ / 0-)

        Until you understand what a "strict constructionist" is, you won't get anywhere.

        It's really easy. I don't agree with the reasoning, but it's really, really easy to understand it and see why Citizens United was a strict constructionist (at least in theory) and not just activism.

        "The freedom of speech". That's how it's written. I'd like to think the entirety of the Constitution applies to individual citizens unless the states or fed is named specifically, but since we're already past that, the constructionist reading follows.

        "I'm too fiscally conservative for the Democrats and too socially liberal for the Republicans, like 75% of the American people." --Governor Angus King

        by DonkSlayer on Thu Jan 28, 2010 at 01:14:55 PM PST

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        •  It's absolutely impossible (0+ / 0-)

          to construe Citizen's United as strict constructionism.

          Citizen's United didn't deal with speech in the form of words at all. It dealt entirely with money. As such, the majority opinion depended crucially on the modern legal fiction that, as it relates to corporations, money is legally indistinguishable from speech. That has absolutely no constitutional basis whatsoever.

          In America, 60% of bankruptcies are because of medical bills, and 80% of those people had health insurance

          by sullivanst on Thu Jan 28, 2010 at 01:31:00 PM PST

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        •  And besides (0+ / 0-)

          CU's very far from being the only case Alito's decided.

          In America, 60% of bankruptcies are because of medical bills, and 80% of those people had health insurance

          by sullivanst on Thu Jan 28, 2010 at 01:31:53 PM PST

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      •  we've got a clever one, here (2+ / 0-)
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        GrouchoKossak, sullivanst

        check the user name.

        The problem with people who need to follow leaders is that they need to follow leaders.

        by Cedwyn on Thu Jan 28, 2010 at 01:23:22 PM PST

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      •  give him a doughnut (0+ / 0-)

        He is advocating murdering people just because they belong to the Democratic party. He is a terrorist.

  •  I'd be for impeachment (2+ / 0-)
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    zeke L, wayoutinthestix

    for SOME of his rulings, but NOT because he couldn't control himself at the SOTU. For example, giving MORe power to foreign concerns to influence our elections COULD be sen by some as treason. Lying under oath during confirmation would also be impeachable, as Clinton was impeached for lying under oath.

    However, our BESST bet is to keep Dems as President as long as possible, to replace a right wing vote with a liberal or moderate jurist.

    Bi-partisanship is a MEANS, not an ENDS.-Barney Frank Feb 2009

    by sd4david on Thu Jan 28, 2010 at 12:51:06 PM PST

  •  I don't think there's a downside to focussing on (4+ / 0-)

    Alito's reaction.

    I certainly don't think anything would ever come of impeachment calls.

    But look, the right's rallying cry has been against so-called "activists judges" who "legislate from the bench."  Their take, even in the wake of Bush v Gore, has been that liberal judges have not been impartial, have not been "umpires."  Alito's very unclassy reaction shows how silly that shit is -- he's a partisan player without a lot of self-restraint.

  •  we should impeach scalia first (0+ / 0-)

    bush v. gore, the private jet ride and duck hunting weekend with cheney, now citizens united--we have lots more to hang him with.

    then we should get thomas and kennedy.

    after all, bush v. gore was the most egregious example of judicial overreach.  they didn't even have jurisdiction over florida's electoral process, fer chrissake.

    with only roberts and scalito left, hopefully they'd get the message and quit.  but even so, having only one or two of the reactionary authoritarian extremist viewpoint in a nine-member court wouldn't be quite the problem these brownrobes are now.

    51 senators is a majority.
    no more excuses.

    by zeke L on Thu Jan 28, 2010 at 12:57:34 PM PST

  •  Alito lied... (0+ / 0-)

    ...about his stance on Vanguard investment group and ruled in Vanguard's favor while holding a sizable financial interest in Vanguard.

    He never should have made it this far.

    -5.38 -4.72 T. No public option? No mandate.

    by trevzb on Thu Jan 28, 2010 at 01:06:57 PM PST

    •  Orly (3+ / 0-)
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      burrow owl, VClib, Saww

      He had investments with them but not an ownership stake in Vanguard Securities themselves. That's like saying Alito shouldn't hear a case involving McDonald's because he has a Big-Mac once a week.

      He also recused himself after the complaints and sent the case to the Appeals, which affirmed the ruling.

      Again, no Alito fan, but let's get away from the Human Events hysteria, plz.

      "I'm too fiscally conservative for the Democrats and too socially liberal for the Republicans, like 75% of the American people." --Governor Angus King

      by DonkSlayer on Thu Jan 28, 2010 at 01:20:47 PM PST

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  •  Um really? (1+ / 0-)
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    GrouchoKossak

    DKos, you make a difference. Major news media organizations watch you. Politicians take your lead. Opposition groups feed off of what's written here and apply it to all progressives and Democrats, regardless of whether it's accurate to do so. IMO, any serious talk of impeaching Alito should be confronted with the same fervor as was set against those who spoke of treason when we spoke against Bush II.

    A diarist wrote something on Daily Kos and you think all of "DKos" shares this opinion? It wasn't even on the front-page. Don't get carried away here. It's only going to turn people away who would agree with your position on separation of powers, bad SCOTUS decisions aside.

    Starboard Broadside: Firing all guns at the Right since September 2008!

    by Cpt Robespierre on Thu Jan 28, 2010 at 01:18:00 PM PST

    •  Wat? Reading comp? (0+ / 0-)

      I wrote:

      Opposition groups feed off of what's written here and apply it to all progressives and Democrats, regardless of whether it's accurate to do so.

      You replaced "opposition groups" with "I" in your head before you made the above comment?

      "I'm too fiscally conservative for the Democrats and too socially liberal for the Republicans, like 75% of the American people." --Governor Angus King

      by DonkSlayer on Thu Jan 28, 2010 at 01:22:31 PM PST

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  •  If he uttered these words... (1+ / 0-)
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    burrow owl

    ...related to a tax proposal or some reference to gay rights, I'd be appalled and call for action.

    However, this was a SCOTUS justice reacting to President Obama making comments related to a recent SCOTUS decision. I think it's in poor taste to make a public gesture in the manner he did, but nowhere near an impeachable offense. I also disagree with another diary on here claiming this is some sort of symbol of Alito's inability to adjudicate impartially -- it is no such thing. It reflects only that Obama and Alito don't see eye to eye on the basis for, and merits of, the Citizens United decision, whether we like it or not.

  •  Oddly it seems that (0+ / 0-)

    no one seems to care whether Alito was correct in his lip-read assertion or not.

    If he was right, then Obama was speaking falsely to the entire nation.

    Doesn't that matter?

    •  The President was making an assertion (0+ / 0-)

      which anyone is welcome to argue.  That doesn't mean that Alito gets to be rude and disrespectful.

      No one's perception of the veracity of President Obama's words excuses Alito's crappy little pout.

      Which was all it was.  Making a big deal of it just draws attention to it.  Like training a 2-year-old, the bad behaviour should just be ignored.

      •  but was it a true assertion? (0+ / 0-)

        which anyone is welcome to argue.

        which is what Alito seems to have done.

        No one's perception of the veracity of President Obama's words excuses Alito's crappy little pout.

        Here i disagree. If what Obama said was correct, then what Alito did was much worse. And it isn't a matter of perception, but a matter of law i believe.

        Conversely, if what Obama said was not true, then it makes Alito's actions a much smaller deal.

  •  hey 'Donkslayer' (0+ / 0-)

    I don't appreciate your coming on here and advocating the murder of Democrats by way of your UID. You are apparently an actual terrorist, so there's no reason to take your worries about terrorism very seriously.

    •  Hey World.. (0+ / 0-)

      ..I appreciate you being a traitor because you're not an American patriot.

      I mean really? Donk is a term for someone who thinks they're (good/smart/right) and are far from it. I'm also not advocating killing anyone any more than you're advocating for the dissolution of the US into a one world government. Please troll somewhere else.

      "I'm too fiscally conservative for the Democrats and too socially liberal for the Republicans, like 75% of the American people." --Governor Angus King

      by DonkSlayer on Thu Jan 28, 2010 at 07:37:56 PM PST

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  •  "Model Code Of Judicial Conduct " Violation ! (0+ / 0-)

    Violation of Canon #1  and  Canon #5. Look it up.

    American Heart Association: Diet Soda can cause type 2 Diabetes.

    by jeffrey789 on Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 10:45:05 AM PST

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