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Novak: McCain Did Indeed Disparage Alito

Filed under: 2008 Election,General,Judiciary — Patterico @ 6:41 pm

Robert Novak says John McCain did make that crack about Justice Alito after all. He claims to have two independent sources who say they weren’t John Fund’s sources.

Despite my documented revulsion for John McCain, I have been trying to take a mature attitude about him — mostly because I think (and still do) that he would appoint much better Justices than any Democrat would.

But he’s making it really, really hard — with things like his supercilious performance in the debate last night, and now this . . . an article that, if true, makes him out to be not only weak on judges, but a liar.


  1. Sometimes it seems like the only thing John McCain is consistent about is his high opinion of himself.

    Comment by DRJ (517d26) — 1/31/2008 @ 7:28 pm

  2. McCain would be more likely to fill a vacancy on the left than the right, given Stevens’ age and Ginsberg’s health. He wouldn’t manifestly alter the Court’s ideological balance – especially if he serves one term and runs with a conservative heir apparent.

    Comment by steve (c10f18) — 1/31/2008 @ 7:42 pm

  3. Thomas Sowell has a smart piece tonight evidencing the disparity between the ‘straight talker’ MCain claims to be, and the reality. Its not a pretty picture.

    “The fact that McCain makes short, blunt statements does not make him a straight-talker. There are short, blunt lies…”

    “Being a war hero is not a lifetime get-out-of-jail-free card…”

    “The presidency is a heavy responsibility… Character and integrity are major qualifications.”

    Comment by Dana (39a2ef) — 1/31/2008 @ 8:47 pm

  4. fwiw, McCain has always reminded me of something Abraham Lincoln said:

    Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

    It might even be more accurate to say that a man has two characters, one under adversity and one with power. Hopefully they’re both good, but as Mr Lincoln understood, it’s more often the latter that’s found wanting.

    That’s John McCain.

    Comment by ras (fc54bb) — 1/31/2008 @ 8:55 pm

  5. Dana,

    Thanks for linking the Thomas Sowell article. It was excellent.

    Comment by DRJ (517d26) — 1/31/2008 @ 9:03 pm

  6. Candidates averaging four hours sleep will cough up head-shaker hairballs, routinely. The Fund/Novak exposé has the gravity of Romney’s geographical bollix this week:

    “Our jobs are being sought by new competitors, countries like Asia and India.”

    McCain enjoys being thought of as “good copy.” It got him this far.

    Comment by steve (c10f18) — 1/31/2008 @ 9:04 pm

  7. Every single time a conservative judge has come up for congressional approval, John McCain voted to confirm . . . EVERY SINGLR TIME. What the hell does it matter what he MIGHT HAVE said? He voted to confirm Alito! He is — and has ALWAYS been — pro-life. The concern over what type of judges he will appoint is completely unfounded.

    Comment by Missed It By THAT Much (f54eb3) — 1/31/2008 @ 10:43 pm

  8. The concern over judges is very well founded actually. Do you think he would appoint a judge who would vote to overturn McCain Feingold? He’s so proud of it he writes amicus briefs on its behalf. And the type of judges conservatives want are just the type to overturn that. John would nominate another Kennedy or Souter or O’Connor. Thats only marginally better than a Clinton appointee.

    Comment by chas (fb7ad4) — 1/31/2008 @ 11:22 pm

  9. Missed It, you’ve missed it. McCain has voted to confirm every Supreme Court nominee–including Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer.

    So what kind of justices would McCain appoint? Not justices who would hold his only achievement (McCain-Feingold) unconstitutional. And certainly not judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

    You just can’t trust him. Especially not on judges.

    Comment by Alan (78d614) — 2/1/2008 @ 10:16 pm

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