Thursday, November 10, 2005

What are his words worth?

Senators give a lot of weight to assurances that judicial nominees make to them -- not necessarily about their intended rulings, but about their view of the law and about their personal responsibility. Right now, a lot of attention is focused on what Alito will tell the Senate about his respect for precedent and other matters. But, given his prior breaking of specific promises made to the Senate (involving recusals for his conflicts of interest), what good can it be to hear even just the right responses? If we can't trust him to keep his word, do we want to entrust him with the law of the land?

(via Atrios)

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