Alito's Credibility Problem?

Consider this statement from his wife this week:

His music tastes tend toward Beethoven and Bruce Springsteen but "I force him to listen to Scarlatti and Bach," Mrs. Alito said in a Washington Post interview published Monday. He once attended a ska festival--that's rock music, with a touch of reggae and horns.

Hmmmm. Springsteen seems obvious (especially with a mother named Rose Alito). But, a middle-aged, New Jersey, Italian-American, Republican--and his wife doesn't identify Frank Sinatra among his musical favorites? Sounds like he's not being very forthcoming here...

So... you're saying that if one of the Senators starts reciting a scene from the Godfather, and Alito can't pick up where the Senator left off... then he shouldn't be confirmed?
1.11.2006 3:48pm
Gordon (mail):
Let's see, Alito was born in 1950. That would make his late teenage years in the late 1960's, his college years in the early 1970's. My intuition is that Frank Sinatra was anathema to people in this age group at this time, even if they were Italian-Americans from New Jersey and future Republicans as well.

And many people keep their musical tastes from this period in their life, even if their political, social, moral, etc. lives change as they mature. I know plenty of conservative Republicans my age who don't listen to anything more mainstreaam than Pink Floyd.
1.11.2006 4:00pm
Grant Gould (mail):
Actually, Sen. Durbin questioned Alito on the Springsteen issue during today's sessions. He even compared Abraham Lincoln and Bruce Springsteen at one point.
1.11.2006 4:01pm
Gordon (mail):
Ah, Bruce Springsteen, friend of the poor and oppressed.

I went to a concert of his in 1984. All those songs about the poor and oppressed, and there weren't any poor people in sight at the concert, just a bunch of white upper middle class yuppies or future yuppies like me. And the only African Americans in attendance that I could see were Clarence Clemons and the bouncers.
1.11.2006 4:07pm
Anonymous coward:
Bravissimo for the "Rose Alito" line. It is an instant candidate for quote of the year.
1.11.2006 4:38pm
Justin (mail):
George Bush likes Johnny Cash (though perhaps doesn't know any of the lyrics?) Not sure one can get someone's politics from their musical tastes.
1.11.2006 4:50pm
Pitman (mail):
Sorry Todd, your "Rose Alito" was already noticed by some folks at Stone Pony London. As to "Bruce Springsteen, friend of the poor and oppressed," to quote the man himself: "It's a sad funny ending to find yourself pretending A rich man in a poor man's shirt".
1.11.2006 4:55pm
JosephSlater (mail):
Bruce Springsteen has not only put his money where his mouth is politically, but he's put a significant amount of time, effort, and principled acts into it. He has, for example, refused to cross picket lines at concert venues where he was scheduled to perform to support workers where he works.

But sure, if Gordon only saw "future yuppies" (how could you tell, exactly?) at a concert 20+ years ago, the man must be a fraud.
1.11.2006 5:07pm
He once attended a ska festival—that's rock music, with a touch of reggae and horns.

No; no its not! :rant:
1.11.2006 5:08pm
Zywicki (mail):
True—but I first made the pun in October (admittedly before I knew he was a Springsteen fan)!
1.11.2006 5:15pm
Sorry to be a nosebleed, but what's the Rose Alito joke?

I'm not a Springsteen fan. More Peter Gabriel.
1.11.2006 5:20pm
Zywicki (mail):
One of Springsteen's famous and most popular songs is entitled "Rosalita".
1.11.2006 5:23pm
1.11.2006 5:24pm
JosephSlater (mail):
More obscure Boss quiz: what solo-album Springsteen song (also recorded on a recent live album with the E Street band) shares a name with the one-word name used for a major Supreme Court case that has come up a lot recently on this blog?
1.11.2006 5:38pm
Anonymous coward:
1.11.2006 5:42pm
JosephSlater (mail):
Um ... not quite. Here's a hint: the first lyric is "Here in Northeast Ohio ..."
1.11.2006 5:46pm
1.11.2006 5:49pm
OK, what Springsteen song is also the name of a current Supreme Court Justice?
1.11.2006 5:52pm
Pitman (mail):
Kudos Todd, I stand corrected. As to the Supreme Court Justice:

Fourth of July Asbury Park, Sandra
"My name is [John] Roberts"-Highway Patrolman
Clarence Clemons
1.11.2006 5:59pm
JosephSlater (mail):
A.S., you get the prize which is ... um, my admiration, especially if you got it before the hint.

As to your question, "Cautious Man" for Kennedy? "Johnny 99" for Roberts? "Man at the Top" for Roberts? You got me.
1.11.2006 6:03pm
JosephSlater (mail):
LOL at "Baderlands"
1.11.2006 6:04pm
Indeed, Pitman, I was thinking of "Sandy".
1.11.2006 6:09pm
JosephSlater (mail):
Oh man, I wasn't thinking of her as "current," but you're right, she is.
1.11.2006 6:10pm
Well, for another week or two!

(PS - If John Riggins can call her Sandy, so can I.)
1.11.2006 6:12pm
Gordon (mail):
Actually, I don't mind Bruce Springsteen or his music - a lot of it is quite good. I don't think he's a phony, as far as I can tell.

I was just commenting that, at least 20 years ago in Los Angeles, his concert fans were much more well-heeled and white than the topics of his songs.
1.11.2006 6:22pm
JosephSlater (mail):
OK, but Bruce is hardly unique in that regard. Indeed, I would say that every rock concert (or blues concert, jazz concert, opera concert, etc.) would be much more interesting if the members of the audience more closely resembled the characters in the artists' songs.
1.11.2006 6:29pm
Frank Drackmann (mail):
Bon Jovi totally kicks Bruce Springsteens liberal ass.
1.11.2006 6:29pm
David Matthews (mail):
"Indeed, I would say that every rock concert (or blues concert, jazz concert, opera concert, etc.) would be much more interesting if the members of the audience more closely resembled the characters in the artists' songs."

"Interesting," or in some instances just plain scary? I don't think I would have risked attending a Frank Zappa concert under those conditions. Or Warren Zevon for that matter.
1.11.2006 7:07pm
GarrettJ (mail):
He once attended a ska festival--that's rock music, with a touch of reggae and horns.

Forget about any technical definition of what ska actually is, (Reggae was born from ska, not the other way around, and Third Wave ska of the mostly American variety might correctly be characterized as rock with a touch of reggae and horns,) that is the most awesome freaking thing I've ever heard about a Supreme Court nominee, or any judge period. Vote him in, vote him in! Imagine, a Supreme Court justice who just might know how to skank.
1.11.2006 7:55pm
Campagna (mail) (www):
He may not like Sinatra, but he's a Phillies' fan. Reason enough to confirm him.
1.11.2006 9:47pm
Bob Rogers (mail):
The Phillies explain a lot. Sitting in a crowd at the Vet was great preparation for this hearing.
1.11.2006 10:18pm
therut (mail):
At least he has held in his hands and can use a firearm (shotgun). That is a start.
1.12.2006 3:55am
John from Queens (mail):
I'm a middle-aged, white Italian American who grew up in New York - and Sinatra is not the guy. Sinatra is for poser,tough talking wannabees. Italians who prefer a real singer, not an attitude, are Dean Martin fans.
1.12.2006 9:10am