I may not agree with Samuel Alitoâ€™s beliefs on many things but I am impressed by his capacity not only intellectually but also judicially. Will he signify a swing to the Right? Possibly â€“ heâ€™s certainly more right than Sandra Day-Oâ€™Connor but Iâ€™m not at all sure John Roberts matches Rehnquistâ€™s rightism so Iâ€™m not sure the balance has swung that much. Is he a strict constructionist? Yes, although his interpretation is literal and not historical: this is something to be glad of. Would he be a fair and balanced arbiter on the Supreme Court bench? I believe so.
Cross-posted at Mental Meanderings.