Thursday, January 12, 2006

Alito and CAP - Purge, Coverup, or Lies?

Samuel Alito's name does not appear anywhere in the Rusher CAP documents, according to Arlen Specter.
Today, Specter said the records showed that Alito did not attend meetings in 1983 and 1984. ``He's not even mentioned in the minutes,'' the senator said.
CAP, Concerned Alumni of Princeton, was a group active from around 1972 to about 1985. Their brief (or beef) was that too many minorities and women were being admitted to Princeton, diluting the value of a Princeton education.

In 1985, Sam Alito claimed membership in CAP when he was applying for a position in the Reagan administration. He now claims to have no memory of being associated with the group.

Rusher was the founder of CAP, and Spector's litany of the many items that did not include Alito's name included membership rolls, "cancelled checks" for membership, copies of the Prospect magazine, etc.

So there is no evidence that Alito was a member.

So there seem to be three possibile explanations: Either the Rusher documents were purged, Alito gilded his resumé (lied) when he applied for the Reagan appointment, or his membership fell in the decade before the years examined.

I don't think this lets him off the hook.


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