Sunday, January 15, 2006
Our Newest Op Ed
- By Warner Todd Huston
Well, Judge Alito's torturous confirmation hearing is over and there is nothing left but for the fat, drunken swimmer to sing. But, what was the chief outcome of the Senate's deliberations? Was it a serious consideration of a presidential nominee? Was it a fulfillment of the Senate's Constitutional duties to give the president their "advice and consent" on his nomination?
Unfortunately, the answer is no.
All we got out of the Senate was merely low road, mud slinging by partisan hacks, and commonplace political operatives. So much for the most deliberative body in the world!
The Democratic Party has destroyed the concept of advice and consent and turned it into a platform for attacking the their political opponents in particular and the president in general quite regardless of any nominee. The Senate Democrats had no intention to hear from Judge Alito and no intention to deliberate on his fitness for the Supreme Court. Their minds were already made up by their far left supporters because of the money those Lobbyists supplied to them and their campaigns.
This all might sound harsh, but it really isn't. Few Supreme Court nominees since the day we formed the Republic have received as stiff a resistance at the hands of Democrats as did Judge Bork (in the 80's), Judge Roberts (a few months ago in 2005), and now Judge Alito; all nominees by Republican Presidents. Conversely, the Republicans have never taken such a low road with a nominee..................
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