Monday, October 31, 2005
Update: National Italian American Foundation Demands "Scalito" Apology
Mon Oct 31 2005 15:56:42 ET
National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Statement:
The NIAF is distressed by the attempts of some senators and the media (CNN, CBS) to marginalize Judge Samuel Alito's outstanding record, by frequent reference to his Italian heritage and by the use of the nickname, "Scalito."
Appropriately, no one mentioned that Justice Breyer was Jewish or suggested that he was lock-step ideologically with the other Jewish Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, it would have been outrageous to do so. We still do not know Justice Robert's ethnicity.
We are justly proud of Justice Alito's Italian heritage and his sterling academic and judicial records as well as his impeccable integrity. However, he should be considered as an individual. In honor of the memory of the just departed Rosa Parks the Senate champions of civil rights should insist that Judge Alito be considered only on his extraordinary merits.
A. Kenneth Ciongoli
Chairman of the National Italian American Foundation
Sheesh. "In honor of the memory of the just departed Rosa Parks"?!? What a jackass.
Everybody with two brain cells to rub together -- a category apparently excluding A. Kenneth Ciongoli -- knows that the "Scalito" nickname has nothing to do with either of Samuel Alito or Nino Scalia being Italian, and everything to do with alleged similarities in ideology. If Scalia were named "Lutz" and Alito were named "Schmidt," is there any chance they wouldn't call him "Schmutz"? This might be the single most asinine complaint from a pressure group since PETA complained about the name of the town of Fishkill, New York (which complaint, to be sure, is unlikely ever to be surpassed).