ALITO WIFE LEAVES HEARING IN TEARS AFTER DEMOCRATS ATTACK
Wed Jan 11 2006 17:22:11 ET
Judge Samuel A. Alito’s wife Martha left the confirmation hearing room in tears this evening, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) apologized to the Judge’s family for the behavior of his fellow committee members during the course of the last three days.
Sen. Graham said: “Judge Alito, I am sorry that you’ve had to go through this. I am sorry that your family has had to sit here and listen to this.”
Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have attacked Judge Samuel A. Alito over his membership in Concerned Alumni of Princeton and his involvement in the Vanguard case.
One senior Republican in the hearing room said of the situation: “After three full days of attacks against her husband’s character, Mrs. Alito had enough. Democrat behavior during this hearing has not only been wrong, it’s been embarrassing. Ted Kennedy is nothing but a bully.”
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The drama continues!
As I've stated in the stories below, the Democrats have fulfilled my predictions like prophecy. (But I'm no prophet.) Rather, the liberal Democrats in the Senate have just become THAT predictable. Everything is unfolding EXACTLY as the Democrats have planned. This was part of the Democratic "Smear Alito" playbook leaked to the press just before the hearings got underway. (read more about that here) The only thing that isn't working according to plan is the American people's response. Most Americans are aghast at the Democratic Senators' behavior, and embarrassed Republicans on the committee are already apologizing for it.
Let's just do a recap of what's really going on here. President Bush nominated Appellate Court Judge Sam Alito to fill the vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. There's only two problems with that. The liberals don't like President Bush to begin with, and Judge Alito just happens to be (gasp!) a practicing Catholic. There's a problem with practicing Catholics you see. They're generally conservative! Of course it should be no surprise that President Bush would nominate a conservative to the U.S. Supreme Court, but Democratic Senators do have a history of bullying Republican Presidents into nominating "moderate liberals" who look moderately conservative at first glance (i.e. former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and current Justice David Souter). Nevertheless, President Bush chose to nominate a Judge that looks somewhat conservative (the nerve!) and also happens to be another practicing Catholic. "Good God!" the liberals must have shouted. "Didn't he just do that a few months back with Chief Justice John Roberts!?!" When Roberts was nominated, liberal pundits ranted and raved about his religion until it came back to smack them in the face as rank bigotry. Since the Roberts backfire, liberals have learned how to bite their tongue, but their true feelings do slip out from time to time. Eleanor Smeal, president of the 'Feminist Majority' reportedly warned that if Alito becomes a Supreme Court Justice, “the majority of the court would be Roman Catholic, which would under represent other religions, not to mention nonbelievers.” Of course, Ms. Smeal has no problem when Jews are "over represented" on the Court by 22% (compared to less than 2% of the U.S. population), nor did she have a problem when Catholics were "under represented" on the Court just two decades ago. Even a modest level of research reveals that some 32% of Supreme Court Justices throughout history have been Episcopalian, and yet only 2% of the U.S. population is affiliated with that denomination. About 18% of the Justices have been Presbyterian, when only 3% of the U.S. population identifies with that denomination. I see no cries of injustice from Ms. Smeal there. But you see this has nothing to do with demographic representation, and the U.S. Supreme Court is not supposed to be an exact cross-section of America. She knows that. We all know what Ms. Smeal really meant when she warned that the majority of the Court would be Roman Catholic, and it had nothing to do with proportional representation. It had to do with the fact that Roman Catholicism is a staunchly conservative religion, especially when it comes to the sanctity of human life. If Judge Alito had a reputation of disparaging his religion, like Senator Ted Kennedy does, people like Ms. Smeal wouldn't have so much of a problem with him. But Judge Alito, like Chief Justice Roberts, actually practices Catholicism and believes what his Church teaches. According to the implication of Ms. Smeal anyway, that makes him dangerous! But Ms. Smeal is not alone. Her opinion reflects that of the majority of liberals today, especially those who control the national Democratic Party. They hold all religious conservatives in contempt, (just ask DNC Chairman Howard Dean), but especially conservative Catholics.
Having learned their lesson from the anti-Catholic backfire in the John Roberts hearings, liberals have been biting their tongues, and looking for anything they can find to smear Alito in anything that doesn't involve his religion. Unable to dig up any dirt on the nominee, they're using the old "guilt by association" routine, trying to paint him as a racist, because of some racist comments, somebody else wrote, who Judge Alito never knew. The only connection is that both men happened to be "members" of the same conservative college organization at Princeton. A big fight broke out over that one, between Republican Senator Spector and Democratic Senator Kennedy, when Kennedy threatened to hijack the committee hearings if Senator Spector (the chairman) didn't give him what he wanted. (If the two were sitting any closer it may have gone to blows.)
On the chance that the whole Princeton smear doesn't work, (and it probably won't), Democratic Senators on the committee have concocted a backup plan to smear Judge Alito as dishonest and abusive of the legal system. This plan involves painting Alito as a judge who rules in ways to line his own pockets with cash. Their "evidence" for this is even sketchier than what they have on the Princeton smear.
Meanwhile the sparks continue to fly in the committee hearings, mostly between Senators, as Judge Alito smiles and answers the questions clearly, articulately and with judicial pragmatism. His wife however, unaccustomed to hearing her husband's name smeared and besmirched, left the room in tears today, and who can blame her. Suppose you sat and watched as somebody you love, and know to be a good man, endured nine hours of pure slander and condescension. It's a testimony of her love for him.
The liberal Democratic Senators in the committee are really between a rock and a hard place, and this explains their behavior. Their biggest reelection campaign financiers (beltway liberals) don't want Judge Alito on the U.S. Supreme Court. Mainly because they're anti-Catholic, and they fear too many Catholic Justices on the Supreme Court might actually do the right thing when it comes to ruling on issues like abortion, euthanasia, property rights and religious freedom. Those Senators are under tremendous pressure to destroy this man any way they can. But they can't say what their financiers really want them to say, because it smacks of anti-Catholic bigotry. So they've got to come up with another way to destroy him. The only problem is that Alito is squeaky clean. He comes with the highest recommendation from the American Bar Association, and the only witnesses willing to testify against him have been abandoned because of their obvious partisan connections. So these Democratic Senators have nothing left to do but patronize and treat him like a criminal, so as to at least appease the liberal financiers pulling their strings. Ah! The Party of the "little guy" hard at work.