Alito State of the Union: Play-by-Play
“Not true, not true,” is what Alito said. While lip readers think he said, “That’s not true”
Whatever your views on the decision itself, the reaction to Alito’s reaction was silly. Apparently, Alito wasn’t showing enough “deference” to Obama. Senator Leahy said this, “There were days when judges stayed out of politics, it would be nice to go back to those days.”
Uhhh, really? Lets go back to the play-by-play.
Obama: With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that, I believe, will open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections.
With all due deference ~ No offense or anything (i.e. I am not supposed to say this myself and just saying it would be terrible form. But by prefacing it with a meaningless disclaimer, I absolve myself of being called a jerk.) So in other words, there was no real deference being shown here by Obama himself. Perhaps if lip-readers caught Alito saying, “With all due deference Mr. President, I think you are full of Sh!t!”, that would be more acceptable.
He silently mouthed disagreement to the President’s remark. Realistically, the only way for Alito to satisfy the demands of his critics is to whip himself in front of a joint session in Congress while repeatedly begging forgiveness and not saving Master Obama-sans face. Or perhaps dress and wear makeup as a Judicial Geisha and fancy Obama with many gifts and dances as he pours him tea and shows proper “deference”. Oh wait I understand after seeing this picture:
Notuh show-eeng propuh deferuhnce-uh. HITE!