From the transcript of today’s Supreme Court nomination hearing:
SCHUMER: Does the Constitution protect the right to free speech?
ALITO: Certainly it does. That’s in the First Amendment.
SCHUMER: So why can’t you answer the question of: Does the Constitution protect the right to an abortion the same way without talking about stare decisis, without talking about cases, et cetera?
ALITO: Because answering the question of whether the Constitution provides a right to free speech is simply responding to whether there is language in the First Amendment that says that the freedom of speech and freedom of the press can’t be abridged. Asking about the issue of abortion has to do with the interpretation of certain provisions of the Constitution.
SCHUMER: Well, OK. I know you’re not going to answer the question…
Just to be clear, I have always supported Rowe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose, but that doesn’t stop me from thinking Sen. Schumer is a tiresome blowhard who uses Judiciary Committee hearings almost exclusively as opportunity to preach to the choir and line his campaign war chest. [Unless he has a cognitive disorder.-ed. Well, that’s always a possibility.]