"The price you pay for using 'liberal' as a negative is: I collect your fucking head." - Pete Bogs
During Sammy Alito’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings today Iowa Republican Senator Charles Grassley used his Q&A time to bash liberals.
In his introductory statements Grassley spoke of current ethics complaints against Alito as “absurd” allegations by “left-wing liberal interest groups.”
One can draw by inference that Grassley thinks DeLay and Abramoff are swell guys getting a bum rap.
Grassley was referring to an issue, brought up earlier in the hearings by Senator Ted Kennedy, that years ago during confirmation hearings for a circuit court appointment Alito told the US Senate Judiciary Committee – the very body he appears before today – he would recuse himself from cases in which he had some kind of conflict of interest.
Alito’s words during the earlier hearings:
"I do not believe that conflicts of interest relating to my financial interests are likely to arise. I would, however, disqualify myself from any cases involving the Vanguard companies, the brokerage firm of Smith Barney, or the First Federal Savings Loan of Rochester, New York."
Alito later heard a case regarding Vanguard, a company with which he holds mutual funds. Today he claimed that a dozen years between his statement and the case made him forget what he said.
Does Grassley not care about the facts? And does he not have a dictionary, so he can look up what “liberal” means?
Grassley has lost his head.