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Democrats Have No Shame
Human Events Online ^ | 17 January 2006

Posted on 01/16/2006 7:16:57 PM PST by Aussie Dasher

Old blowhards don’t fade away, we learned again last week, they just serve as Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

It was almost two decades ago that Sen. Joe Biden (D.-Del.) chaired the confirmation hearings that gave America a new verb: to Bork. When President Reagan nominated U.S. Appeals Court Judge Robert Bork to the Supreme Court, it was Biden who led his Democratic committee colleagues Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts and Patrick Leahy of Vermont in what was then the unprecedented trashing of a nominee of unquestioned professional qualifications and unblemished character.

In 1991, in a committee still chaired by Biden and with Kennedy and Leahy still members, the Democrats conspired in the vulgar, attempted “high-tech lynching” of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.

In President Bush’s first term, it was still Biden, Kennedy and Leahy—now joined by their younger partners Chuck Schumer of New York and Dick Durbin of Illinois—who worked relentlessly to use Judiciary Committee hearings to set the stage for the Democrats to filibuster any constitutionalist appellate court nominee who appeared to be a potential Supreme Court nominee.

Their strategy was transparent. They would attack nominees personally and scurrilously to create a climate of intimidation, hoping either to frighten highly qualified constitutionalists away from accepting a Supreme Court nomination or deter President Bush from naming such a person. They also hoped the filibuster of Bush’s judicial nominees would energize their left-wing political base during the 2002 and 2004 elections cycles.

The electoral strategy backfired. Republicans regained control of the Senate in 2002. President Bush retained the White House in 2004. In both elections, it was Republicans who successfully used the courts as an issue. And in 2004, South Dakota voters threw from office the architect of the Democratic judicial filibusters, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle.

Nonetheless, the Democrats almost succeeded in their intimidation strategy. First, President Bush named a highly qualified stealth nominee, John Roberts, to replace William Rehnquist as Chief Justice. Then, he nominated a highly unqualified stealth nominee, White House Counsel Harriet Miers, to replace Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

But when grass-roots conservative opposition forced Miers to withdraw, the tide turned.

Judge Sam Alito was no stealth nominee. He was both highly qualified and philosophically defined.

He went into last week’s confirmation hearings with a paper trail 25 years long. In memos from his time in the Reagan Administration and in opinions from his 15 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, Alito had made clear that he was a conservative who ascribed to an originalist interpretation of the Constitution. In 1985, in an application for a job in the Reagan Justice Department, he had flatly declared that the Constitution did not create a right to abortion. As a judge on the Appeals Court, he had ruled that the Commerce Clause did not allow the U.S. Congress to regulate the wholly intra-state possession of a machine gun, and that a public school student could bring a poster of Jesus to school and hang it in a hallway as his example of what he was thankful for at Thanksgiving.

The stage was set for a massive philosophical clash in the Judiciary Committee.

The Democrats, if they wanted to, could have turned the Alito confirmation into a referendum on their vision of the Constitution vs. the real Constitution. They could have used it as an opportunity to demonstrate faith in their alleged belief that Americans really want an activist Supreme Court that prohibits prayer in public schools, declares illegal aliens have a right to go to those schools and gives local governments the power to seize private homes to hand over to private developers.

But this was not to be. For the ancient smear brigade of Biden, Kennedy and Leahy, the big issues were why Alito failed to recuse himself from a case involving the Vanguard company (explained in the story below by Sen. Orrin Hatch) and why Alito could not remember the membership he admitted to having 21 years ago in a group called the Concerned Alumni of Princeton (CAP).

The defining moment in Teddy Kennedy’s long post-Chappaquiddick career as the world’s most notorious unintentionally ironic scandal-mongerer may have come when Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter of all people called Kennedy’s bluff on his CAP witch hunt. When Kennedy last Wednesday, suggesting Alito had lied about the extent of his involvement in CAP, insisted he would call for vote after vote to force Specter to close the nationally televised hearing so the committee could vote to subpoena CAP records controlled by former National Review Publisher (and CAP founder) Bill Rusher, Specter stuffed a cork into the blowhard. “I’m not concerned about your threats to have votes again, again and again,” said Specter. “And I’m not going to have you run this committee and decide when we’re going to go into executive session.”

Specter soon secured the gracious permission of Bill Rusher for committee lawyers—including “representatives of Sen. Kennedy”—to examine CAP’s records without a subpoena. Until the wee hours, they feverishly sifted through the archived checks, correspondence, contributors’ lists and old publications. “Judge Alito’s name never appeared in any document,” Specter announced the next morning.

Were Kennedy and his smear brigade shamed by the episode? Not a chance. They have no shame.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 109th; alito; alitohearing; chucky; clarencethomas; dopeydems; joebiden; justicealito; lardass; noshame; robertbork; scotus; senatedems; shamelessdems; teddykennedy
Before someone else says it: Yes, I knew that!
1 posted on 01/16/2006 7:17:01 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher

Kennedy must really be frustrated and pissed off.........................which makes me quite happy!!


2 posted on 01/16/2006 7:19:09 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our troops at home and abroad!!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

In other news, the sun rose in the east this morning, and water continues to flow downhill...


3 posted on 01/16/2006 7:20:58 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Anything that causes Kennedy heartburn warms the cockles of my heart.


4 posted on 01/16/2006 7:42:06 PM PST by Ronin (When the fox gnaws.... SMILE!!!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

bttt


5 posted on 01/16/2006 7:48:03 PM PST by Christian4Bush (Over THREE THOUSAND PEOPLE lost their 'civil liberties' on September 11, 2001.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

"Democrats Have No Shame"

Um, figured that out, did they?


6 posted on 01/16/2006 7:55:02 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: Aussie Dasher
Democrats Have No Shame

Apparently, this guy has been under a rock for the past 150 years or so if he's just noticing this...

7 posted on 01/16/2006 8:08:38 PM PST by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Why is it called "Borking" and not the practice of Bidenism? Which one of Joseph McCarthy's "victims" suffered from McCarthyism?

The Democrats got away with partisan witchhunting because the practice was named for the martyr and not the despot. And for the record McCarthyism was and is overrated.


8 posted on 01/16/2006 8:14:48 PM PST by weegee (Jan 16, 2006 - Happy holiday.)
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To: Aussie Dasher
It says a lot about the Democrats' idiocy that a 25 year old sorority membership is of burning concern to them - along of course with abortion.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

9 posted on 01/16/2006 8:29:21 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

"Kennedy must really be frustrated and pissed off.."

Well, he should get to enjoy the feeling; after all, subbing Alito for O'Connor and considering Kennedy as a moderate (a stretch, I know), then the certifiable originalists enjoy an average age advantage of nearly 15 years vs. the lefties. I.e., the Dims are screwed - Stevens is close to packing his bags and I understand that Ginsburg is not a well woman. Thus more originalists.


10 posted on 01/16/2006 8:48:38 PM PST by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

What I would love to see is president Bush nominating Janice Rogers Brown to replace one of the four remaining activist justice - Brown for Ginsberg - now that would be a hoot.


11 posted on 01/16/2006 9:03:39 PM PST by aquila48
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To: Rembrandt
Stevens is close to packing his bags and I understand that Ginsburg is not a well woman. Thus more originalists.

VOTE REPUBLICAN.

12 posted on 01/16/2006 9:10:47 PM PST by Chunga (Mock The Left)
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To: Aussie Dasher

bump


13 posted on 01/16/2006 9:13:12 PM PST by GOPJ (A) Cub reporters acting as stenographers for a manipulative top FBI agent? Q) What is Watergate?)
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To: Aussie Dasher

"Democrats have no shame..."


Actually, they have no class.


14 posted on 01/16/2006 9:16:13 PM PST by wgflyer (Liberalism is to society what HIV is to the immune system.)
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To: wgflyer

Come to think of it, they don't have much going for them at all...


15 posted on 01/16/2006 9:19:42 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
....who worked relentlessly to use Judiciary Committee hearings to set the stage for the Democrats to filibuster any constitutionalist appellate court nominee who appeared to be a potential Supreme Court nominee.

Their strategy was transparent. They would attack nominees personally and scurrilously to create a climate of intimidation, hoping either to frighten highly qualified constitutionalists away from accepting a Supreme Court nomination or deter President Bush from naming such a person. They also hoped the filibuster of Bush’s judicial nominees would energize their left-wing political base during the 2002 and 2004 elections cycles.

No, their strategy was not "transparent" - - it was DOCUMENTED.

16 posted on 01/16/2006 9:45:45 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Aussie Dasher

"Before someone else says it: Yes, I knew that!"

Waste of Ink.


17 posted on 01/17/2006 2:31:52 AM PST by billhilly
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To: Rembrandt

El ~ Bumpo


18 posted on 01/17/2006 11:04:55 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our troops at home and abroad!!)
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To: aquila48

That would be total bliss : )


19 posted on 01/17/2006 11:05:24 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our troops at home and abroad!!)
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To: Ronin

Bump!


20 posted on 01/17/2006 11:07:42 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our troops at home and abroad!!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Mike Barnacle said on Imus this morning that Hillary's speech was the Death Rattle of the Democratic Party...


21 posted on 01/17/2006 11:08:10 AM PST by griswold3 (Ken Blackwell, Ohio Governor in 2006- No!! You cannot have my governor in 2008.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

It is Bill Clinton's FAULT!


22 posted on 01/17/2006 11:09:20 AM PST by bmwcyle (As the left takes to the streets the too many lazy Freeper sleep)
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To: Aussie Dasher
The biggest problem here is, these people, once elected, are essentially elected for life. The Politburo had a higher turnover than the members of Congress, especially the Senate...

Kennedy - 36 YOS (Years Of "Service")

Leahy - 32 YOS

Biden - 34 YOS

Durbin - 24 YOS

Kohl - 18 YOS

Feinstein - 14 YOS

Feingold - 14 YOS

Schumer - 26 YOS

The only things which stop most of these people are fatal heart attacks or airplane crashes. Even senilty fails to halt them, viz. Lautenberg and Byrd.

They are Emperors For Life. No wonder they say and do what they want and are invulnerable!

23 posted on 01/17/2006 11:28:36 AM PST by Gritty ("Islam us a universal ideology that leads the world to justice"-Ahmadinejad)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Until the wee hours, they feverishly sifted through the archived checks, correspondence, contributors’ lists and old publications. “Judge Alito’s name never appeared in any document,” Specter announced the next morning.

Interesting they forgot to note that exactly no one from Kennedy's staff showed up for this all nighter.

24 posted on 01/17/2006 11:41:47 AM PST by IamConservative (Who does not trust a man of principle? A man who has none.)
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