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Freepers already turning on Alito

[Welcome, Crooks and Liars readers; put on your waders as we head into the Freeperland swamp…]

Drudge is blasting as his banner headline this AM – SURPRISE! ALITO SPLITS WITH CONSERVATIVES ON FIRST DAY.

Sammy didn’t vote the “right way” yesterday for the wingers regarding a death penalty case; he didn’t side with Roberts, Scalia and Thomas. (AP):

New Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito split with the court’s conservatives Wednesday night, refusing to let Missouri execute a death-row inmate contesting lethal injection.

Alito, handling his first case, sided with inmate Michael Taylor, who had won a stay from an appeals court earlier in the evening. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas supported lifting the stay, but Alito joined the remaining five members in turning down Missouri’s last-minute request to allow a midnight execution.

…An appeals court will now review Taylor’s claim that lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment, a claim also used by two Florida death-row inmates that won stays from the Supreme Court over the past week. The court has agreed to use one of the cases to clarify how inmates may bring last-minute challenges to the way they will be put to death.

…Scalia and Thomas have consistently sided with states in death penalty cases and have been especially critical of long delays in carrying out executions.

Let’s see, the Freepers were expecting Sammy to be bloodthirsty right out of the box, because the knuckle-draggers have the wingnuttery expectations bar set very high for him. With this decision, one is already worried about having to “wipe egg off of our faces.”

Sigh, if only I could actually believe that, given Alito’s record, but for now, I will take pleasure in the squirming coming out of the swamp. It is a delicious feeding frenzy.


Actual Freeper Quotes™

“From what I understand there was a lot of court activity today. Someone wiser will help spell it out for us.”

“Wow. He’s growing in office. That was quick.”

“Maybe his Catholicism came into play. The AP seems to be trying to make this non-story a story.”

“Just trying to make us look bad, then? Ho-hum, just another day at the office.”

“Thank you all. I guess I should be used to it, but I’m not!”

“Those of us who supported this guy did so because we trusted his judgement. Wow, that could be a FR record for turning on one of our own; less than 24 hours.”

“Did you expect anything less? The Donner Party “Conservatives” look for any and all excuses to have another Nacht der langen Messer.”

“Except it has become so common place, one no longer has to see it to believe it. Just look at Mr. “Bush is the Antichrist” and all of his sycophants.”

“The question seems not to be a review of the scum’s conviction, but wheter death by lethal injection is, “Cruel and unusual punishment.” Alito has definitely thought this issue out before. I hope his decision on this matter is not portending another death penalty bleeding heart—let alone anoter Souter or Kennedy.”

“I hope you are right or we’ll be wiping egg off our faces for the next 25 years…….”

I am sending you a Reynolds tin foil roll, please give me your address. I will send you some pampers as well.

“I’ll send you a check to help pay for pampers to send to him!”

“Yea, and to prove it, notice how his head is tilted to the left”:

“This was a second decision apparently. I don’t know what all is going on with this case, but I would not be concerned about Alito on this really. I read it as Alito just not feeling comfortable with saying go ahead and kill a guy whose case he had not read. When the case reaches the SCOTUS (just in an appeals court presently), I am sure he will agree with the conservatives and hopefully Kennedy that lethal injection is NOT cruel and unusual punishment.”

“Exactly. There may be nothing wrong here, but it sure raises some questions. If the libs have managed to get another stealth leftist on the Supreme Court right under our very noses, it’ll be one of the most stunning political defeats ever. I’ll wait and see before jumping to conclusions, but I’m concerned.”

“He likely had a heads up on this case as he has been a nominee for months. No excuses for first day on the job.”

“And how do you know that he had a heads up on this? Who told you a Supreme Court nominee will be reviewing Supreme Court cases behind the scenes while waiting for his confirmation? Where do some of you people come up with this crap? Your stupid conclusions are no different from the delusional conclusions of the liberal media.”

“I’m not going to jump to conclusions over this, but I will have to say, IF ANYONE HERE IS CONCERNED ABOUT LETHAL INJECTION BEING CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT (and that includes Alito unfortunately) FOR A RAPIST KILLER OF A YOUNG GIRL OR ANY RAPIST KILLER FOR THAT MATTER THEN YOU’RE ALL SCREWED UP.”

“After careful consideration, I’m just going to let certain Freepers determined to make fools of themselves by claiming Alito is Souter! march over their hastily constructed cliff. Things will be far more peaceful around here when they follow Wily Coyote and hit the dirt. Much thanks to the Freepers trying to speak logic and sense to them. I just haven’t the desire to spend the next ten years assuring them he’s a good selection as every decision comes down.”

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