In his TAS article today, Paul Chesser suggests that because Harriet Miers' most visible backers were evangelicals and they "disengaged their minds in feeble attempts to justify her nomination," their conduct in that battle stained the whole movement. Chesser at first detaches specific intellectuals -- Hewitt, Dobson, Olasky, and Starr -- from the movement as a whole.
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After three hours of serious and patient consideration of Samuel A. Alito's qualifications and judicial temperament, the National Organization for Women (or National Association of Gals -- NAGs -- as Rush calls them) is taking to the streets. The gals (will there be guys too?) are protesting outside the Supreme Court building at 4 p.m. today. Isn't the Supreme Court the wrong building? Alito isn't there yet. Perhaps their choice of venue to vent reveals the NAGs resignation that Alito's confirmation is a fait accompli.
You'd think the MSM would learn by now. Two years after the media did the Democrats' dirty work in getting an independent counsel appointed in the Joe Wilson scandal, it occurs to them here that maybe it wasn't in their interest to do so.
Democrats got their story, and the MSM got a story too, but it wasn't the one they wanted. In the end, they had to report that their own are either liars or duplicitous dunces. Nice.
People for the American Way doesn't lay a glove on Alito in its 24-page preliminary brief on his record. This will be a replay of the Roberts nomination: a serious student of the law vs. Democratic hacks whose interest in the Constitution is nil.Â SoundingÂ disappointed, PFAW concludes its report by noting that Alito "does not have Scalia's penchant for sarcasm and divisive language."
Think we can make that nickname catch on? I'm already tired of "Scalito."
If Chuck Schumer were serious about opposing Sam Alito his website would already have posted his statement in response to the president's nomination of Alito. Maybe the senator should outsource its web postings to RealClearPolitics.com, which put it up immediately.
One interesting thing about Schumer's remarks -- the bit about this "controversial nominee...will get very careful scrutiny from the Senate and FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE" (emphasis added). Cleary the Democrats hope that somehow public reaction will turn against Alito, much as conservatives did against Miers. But all Schumer can offer as to what makes Alito unqualified is that he's white, male, and conservative. Again, bigotry is the only Democratic weapon.
More on Joe Wilson's desire for a normal life: after normally appearing on the Today Show this morning, he's normally jetting down to D.C. for a routine appearance at the National Press Club at 1 p.m. Ah, just another day in the life of a lying partisan.
Though they're still ahead of the others, it took more than an hour for Ralph Neas and the People for the American Way crowd to get out a release on their outrage at the Alito nom. Geez, guys. You slowing up in your old age? PFAW promises a massive national campaign to defeat Alito. Why?
Neas is quoted as saying, ""Justice O'Connor had a pivotal role at the center of the Court, often providing a crucial vote to protect privacy, civil rights, and so much more. All that would be at risk if she were replaced with Judge Alito, who has a record of ideological activism against privacy rights, civil rights, workers' rights, and more."
The only issue remaining today is whether the Dems take Neas's words as their talking points or wait for them to be scripted into better soundbites by the MSM.
He's heading up Capitol Hill, where the reception will be both warm and chilly. When those kinds of temps hit each other in the world of weather, you get lots of thunder. The expectation up on the Hill is that something similar will be developing over the next few weeks.
The Democrats are already mapping out their strategy. Several conference calls have already taken place this morning, coordinating surrogate and third-party campaigns against the nomination. "We're going to filibuster," a Democratic Senate Judiciary aide proclaimed on his ride into the office. "There is no doubt about that. We began talking about it on Friday when rumors first hit that it might be Alito or Luttig."
John points out in an earlier post what has the Democrats so riled up about Alito: their inability to pin him down judicially. The White House loved the abortion rulings, because they highlighted Alito's judicial fairness. Democrats will try to attack Alito, but they will find him an equal to Roberts in many regards. Look for Arlen Specter also to be generally pleased. He enjoys an intellectual tussle, and that is what the President has given him.