McCarthyism is Back: The Alito Hearings
Stephen Green of Vodkapundit says:
[the Democrats'] opposition is based on the fact that Alito is the wrong kind of Big Government Booster. The Left wants the federal government powerful enough to keep abortions legal until just before labor begins, but too weak to eavesdrop on telephone conversations between American citizens and known bad guys. The Right wants it the other way around.Radley Balko of The Agitator says:
And that's why Corn and the Democrats don't stand a chance of keeping Alito off the court. The only way to defeat a principled big-government guy is to wage a principled campaign of limited government against him. The Democrats are in no position to even consider such a fight.
"[Alito's] drawbacks are considerable. His record indicates a distrubing deference to executive power, something that, not so long ago, most conservatives themselves found troubling. He's also strikingly deferential to police and prosecutors on criminal justice issues, which means that should he be confirmed, what's left of the Fourth Amendment is as good as dead."I don't know enough about Alito's record to know if both of these criticisms are correct, but they are certainly fair territory and are worthy of discussion and debate. Yet what are the Senate Democrats debating about?
Senator Ted Kennedy:
"In an era when America is still too divided by race and riches, Judge "Alito" has not written one single opinion on the merits in favor of a person of color alleging race discrimination on the job. In fifteen years on the bench, not one."How in the world can a United States Senator blatantly lie in full public view about an issue that is so easy to document??? (Documentation here) In the same way that conservative Christians should (and have) denounce the lunatic proclamations of Pat Robertson, Democrats should do the same with Kennedy. (I'm not the only one who thinks this.)Then add in Kennedy's witchhunt to find the CAP documents, ignoring the fact that Alito has repeatedly condemned this group and its beliefs.
And if you really want to know what the nutjobs on the street think about Alito and his crying wife, read this. (Or don't if you are fainthearted)