Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Justice Alito knows which side he’s on

Andrew Koppelman

People disagree what to make of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s recent remark that in today’s climate of political polarization, “one side or the other is going to win.”  It has been interpreted as an “anodyne” description of that polarization, or as a “horrific” claim that compromise is impossible and that he is one of the partisans.  Either reading is possible, standing alone.  In the context of his considered views as presented in his judicial opinions, the nastier view is the more persuasive. 

I explain in a new column at The Hill.

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