Magazine article The American Prospect

That's Amore? (Devil in the Details)

Magazine article The American Prospect

That's Amore? (Devil in the Details)

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CREDIT TOM DASCHLE WITH this much: After we reported last fall that Eugene Scalia--son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and heir to dad's uber-conservative bent--appeared to be a lock for Labor Department solicitor, the Senate majority leader took a page from his Republican colleagues across the aisle and delayed Scalia's confirmation vote. And for good reason: Scalia, you'll recall, has spent a career as the point man in the anti-ergonomics movement, deriding repetitive-stress injuries as fictional and dismissing the well-established field of ergonomics as "junk science" and "quackery."

Scalia did not go quietly when it appeared that his nomination was bottled up; indeed, his partisans actually played the identity-politics card, of all things. In a statement released on January 7, the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) announced that it was "outraged" by the Senate's failure to vote--in essence, claiming that Scalia was being denied his office because of his Italian heritage. …

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