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I'm sorry, I'm having a really hard time getting worked up about Alito's "breach of protocol".  It's totally true that justices usually sit there like a stone.  On the other hand, president's don't usually call out said justices for being too wrapped up in that dumb first amendment--much less call them out with statements that seem to be unequivocally false

Using the state of the union as an opportunity to call out supreme court justices, who you expect will have to sit there impassively while you rake them over the coals is, well, kind of a jerk move.  And I'm pretty sure it's not exactly traditional presidential protocol.  It certainly doesn't show "all due deference" to the separation of powers, especially when it's followed by a pledge to pass more of the kinds of laws they've just ruled unconstitutional. 

I'm calling this one a draw.

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