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Thursday · January 12 2006

Dahlia Lithwick's week long coverage of the Alito hearings at Slate is good reading if you're trying to catch up and want the quick hits.

What makes this process so ill-suited for testing the qualifications of a judge is that judges, unlike United States senators, have nothing to sell. They are lonely, mousy, bookish creatures to begin with, and, at least according the Republican theory of judging, their personal views and past statements are irrelevant, anyhow. The gospel here in the Hart Building is that there are only two possible ways to decide even the most complex cases: Judges either “apply the law” or they “make things up.”

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