Mark Steyn on how the Dems fluffed the Alito Inquisition:
Even smear tactics require a certain plausibility. When you damn someone as a big scary mega-troubling racist misogynist homophobe and he seems to any rational observer perfectly non-scary and non-troubling, eventually you make yourself ridiculous. The boy who cried "Wolf!" at least took the precaution of doing so when there was no alleged predator in view. If he'd stood there crying "Wolf!" while pointing at a hamster, he'd have been led away for counseling. That's the stage the Senate Democrats are at.
As I'd hoped Alito would make a tough personal declaration against abortion and force the opposition to make the case in public, last week's events yielded an unsatisfying victory. It's nice to win by shut-out, less so when your own runs were walked in by feeble pitching.
From the other side of the aisle is an article in the New York Times discussing the Democratic wound-licking. I was wryly amused by the report of a "retreat" attended by 42 out of 50 Senate Dems in 2001. The retreat-masters were well chosen to help the retreatants reach deep inside themselves to re-connect with Their Core Value:
At the retreat, Democrats listened to a panel composed of Laurence H. Tribe of Harvard Law School, Cass R. Sunstein of the University of Chicago Law School and Marcia D. Greenberger, the co-president of the National Women's Law Center. The panelists told them that the court was at a historic juncture and that the Bush White House was prepared to fill the courts with conservatives who deserved particularly strong scrutiny, participants said.
How was it known, four years in advance of their selection, that Bush's court picks would deserve strong scrutiny? Obviously not because of doubts about the worthiness of the picks themselves, but because -- as their Democratic spiritual directors reminded them -- there is but "one thing needful," namely, abortion-on-demand. The other problems are merely instrumental.
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Posted by: Ross Dee -
Jan. 16, 2006 11:35 AM ET USA
There is not question, Roe Vs. Wade should have been overturned the day the Supreme Court made this"Bad Law". Yet, you have Catholics that will argue, it is "Only one Issue" amongs't many, trying to justify, voting for a a candidate running on an Abortion Platform (Democrate's Platform).The Bishops call this slate of issues "a seamless garment". I would like to ask, what good is a seamless garment , when there is nothing to wrap the garment around, the Baby has been "Killed"? What a travesty!
Posted by: Linus682 -
Jan. 15, 2006 6:12 PM ET USA
Since the bishops and their statements are generally percieved as being irrelevant they have a grand opportunity to garner some publicity and impart a legitimate pastoral message by condeming the logic of Kennedy and company. Do they have the courage? I doubt it.
Posted by: Gino -
Jan. 15, 2006 11:33 AM ET USA
Everyone knows abortion is the Democrat's most important issue. The "Catholic" Democrat Senators, Biden, Leahy, Kennedy, Durbin must be unknown to our Bishops. We should write the the bishops; letting it be known what these Senators are trying to do. I am "sure" the good bishops are unaware of these men! Sure they are!