Karl Rove on Fox News‘ “On the Record”, May 26th:
We know from her record on the 2nd Court of Appeals that she’s not a particularly effective colleague. I first got wind of this when Sam Alito, who was her colleague on the court while we were reviewing his record, it — you know, people who were familiar with the workings of the court said that she was combative, opinionated, argumentative, and as a result, was not able to sort of help create a consensus opinion on important issues.
There are two problems with this. First, it is another example of using anonymous sources to smear someone. But the real problem is that Justice Alito never served on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (he served on the 3rd Circuit). Kinda makes you wonder who is making up these rumors.
What really scares me about the Bush/Cheney/Rove Administration is that they got away with all their political crap despite the fact that in many ways they were unbelievably incompetent. Can you imagine the damage that could be done by an administration that was both politically adept and competent?