It is the ultimate "pointy-head" office, as one former top Office of Legal Counsel attorney puts it, and its rafts of memorandums consist of dry and nondescript legal analysis. With his now-infamous 1985 application, Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito Jr. got a post at the OLC. But opponents of his nomination got a concise declaration of conservative principles that single-handedly revived an anti-Alito movement that was already flagging just weeks into his nomination.
Inside the Alito Memo
November 29, 2005