This is a hoot! The NY Times editorial board presents us with an irresistable irony, and the headline says it all: Ignore the Man Behind That Memo.
The man, btw, is SCOTUS nominee Sam Alito, who – gasp – wrote a memo in 1985, yes, twenty years ago – that deeply troubles this writer:
First, he has extreme views on the law.
Actually, if you read further, he has “extreme views” on that one law, Roe v. Wade (and a goodly number of people in the country, do not find those views “extreme.”) But that’s not important.
What is important, and hilarious, is that the NY Times is taking a huffy stand against a man who wrote a memo 20 years ago about possibly overturning a law…and yet they seem to have no opinion – no opinion at all – about a man writing a memo just two years ago, about possibly overturning a presidency. In fact, except for a brief article about Democrats questioning how the memo got leaked, I don’t recall the Times – or any of their competitors – writing a single anguished word about Jay Rockefeller outlining the presidential takedown.
An interparty memo detailing the means by which an administration may be toppled? Pffft, it’s nothing, nothing, pay no attention! Here, dahling, read a theatre review and just forget all about that silly little Rockefeller plan, it’s not important…”
But that Alito, and that memo, and that whole abortion thing…now THAT’s keeping them up at night!
The headline – the whole piece – an irony so rich and delicious I fear for my hips and thighs.