I’m from New Jersey. Apparently, that makes me some kind of pasty disheveled freak.

David Kirkpatrick of the NY Times reports on Alito’s performance before the ‘murder’ boards. These are mock hearings that Alito has gone through to prepare for his confirmation. Evidently, they are a little worried about how Alito’s inner New Jerseyan is going to come off on camera. The spin:

two of Judge Alito’s supporters who participated in the murder boards, speaking about the confidential sessions on condition of anonymity for fear of White House reprisals, said they emerged convinced that his demeanor was a political asset because it gave him an Everyman appeal.

“He will have a couple hairs out of place,” one participant said. “I am not sure his glasses fit his facial features. He might not wear the right color tie. He won’t be tanned. He will look like he is from New Jersey, because he is. That is a very useful look, because it is a natural look. He’s able to go toe-to-toe with senators, and at the same time he could be your son’s Little League coach.”

Can you believe this motherfucker has the stones to show up in front of the Judiciary Committee looking like he comes from New Jersey! Glasses on all crooked, gauche neckwear, hasn’t seen a sun lamp in weeks. Yeah, that’s so Jersey. These inside-the-beltway spinsters are amazingly tone-deaf. In Jersey, people actually read the New York Times. The Times even has a section dedicated to New Jersey. It’s one of the best sections in the newspaper.

But, at least these morons got one thing right:

What is more, this participant said, Judge Alito displayed a “street smart” New Jerseyan’s willingness to talk back to his questioners.

If there is one thing that characterizes the great people of the state of New Jersey, it is a sassy mouth. And it’s probably true that most Everymen enjoy seeing pompous Senators getting their comeuppance every once in a while.

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