The right-wing “in your face” attitude from Supreme Court Justices Alito, Roberts, Scalia and Thomas pretty much demonstrate why Citizens United became a historic decision.
We first noticed the “attitude” when Scalia and Cheney went hunting together just three weeks after the court agreed to take up the vice president’s appeal in lawsuits over his handling of the administration’s energy task force. Scalia rejected any notion of conflict of interest saying: “I do not think my impartiality could reasonably be questioned.”
Then Chief Justice Roberts decides he will not attend any more State of The Union addresses by President Obama. In fact he said that it’s up to each individual Justice, whether or not they attend the State of the Union, which Roberts feels has turned into a “political pep rapply”.
Recently we learned that Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife has formed a “tea party” venture to offset President Obama’s “radical agenda“.
Now we have Justice Alito headlining Republican fundraisers and telling a reporter that his being at a recent fundraiser was “not important”.
Perhaps, because there is no explicit code of ethics for the nine Supreme Court justices, they have been allowed to get away with such behavior. Some Justices have come under scrutiny, such as accepting trips from groups with political and judicial agenda and gifts from private parties who may at some point have business before the court.
Last night, the American Spectator — a right-wing magazine known for its role in the “Arkansas Project,” a well-funded effort to invent stories with the goal of eventually impeaching President Clinton — held its annual gala fundraising event. The Spectator is more than merely an ideological outlet. Spectator publisher Al Regnery helps lead a secretive group of conservatives called the “Conservative Action Project,” formed after President Obama’s election, to help lobby for conservative legislative priorities, elect Republicans (the Conservative Action Project helped campaign against Democrat Bill Owens in NY-23), and block President Obama’s judicial appointments. The Spectator’s gala last night, with ticket prices/sponsorship levels ranging from $250 to $25,000, featured prominent Republicans like RNC chairman Michael Steele, hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer (a major donor to Republican campaign committees and attack ad groups), and U.S. Chamber of Commerce board member and former Allied Capital CEO William Walton. Among the attendees toasting Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), the keynote speaker for the event, was Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito. Continue reading…