A. Kenneth Ciongoli, Chairman of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), has put his name to (inter alia) the following statement, released by that organization:
Appropriately, no one mentioned that Justice Breyer was Jewish or suggested that he was lock-step ideologically with the other Jewish Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, it would have been outrageous to do so. We still do not know Justice Robert's ethnicity.
Even more outrageous would have been the nickname "Ginsbreyurg."
Bristling at Alito's being called "Scalito" in jest harks back to the low-self-esteem juvenility of Laura Bush's "possibly sexist" dig. Those who questioned Miers' credentials were as sexist as those who laugh at the name "Scalito" are anti-Italian. Most outrageous of all is that nobody who reflexively cringed at Alito would harbor such a "strong reaction" if he became a liberal and stayed Italian -- and yet.
As it is, NIAF could have sufficed with the following:
We are justly proud of Justice Alito's Italian heritage and his sterling academic and judicial records as well as his impeccable integrity. However, he should be considered as an individual. In honor of the memory of the just departed Rosa Parks the Senate champions of civil rights should insist that Judge Alito be considered only on his extraordinary merits.
The bias headed Alito's way, as forced and rude as an ethnic slur, has more to do with the content of his jurisprudence than the spelling of his name.