In a major public service, the N.Y. Times this morning gives Senator Leahy the first word:
He says he plans to assess Judge Alito on ideological grounds.
“This is not over competence,” Mr. Leahy, ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said. “He certainly is competent. This is the whole issue of ideology, and if the ideology is one that you go in with a predetermined agenda, then I don’t care if they are a Democrat or a Republican. They don’t belong on the Supreme Court.”
It also gives Senator Kennedy pretty much the last word, which has him “urg[ing] his colleagues not to reject the nominee simply because they might not share his views”:
“We are really interested in knowing whether the nominee has the background, experience, qualifications, temperament and integrity to handle this most sensitive, important and responsible job,” Mr. Kennedy said.
Of course, he said that in 1967, apropos Thurgood Marshall.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?