Thursday, January 26, 2006
Sen. Byrd Votes in Favor of Alito!
Senator Robert Byrd, former Klansman from West Virginia, just came out in favor of Judge Samuel Alito to amazed Americans of all stripes.
In his speech on the floor of the Senate today he also decried the partisan bickering that bedeviled the confirmation hearings. I only heard some of his points, but I find it interesting that, if he was so incensed, that he didn't name names and point out specifics.
In any case, it would seem odd that one of the extreme left's prime attack dogs would turn against them to vote in favor of this nomination. But, when looking at his situation back home, we can hazard a guess why he did this. And it certainly wasn't for reasons of "conscience" or "principle".
Byrd is headed for an election fight for the first time a many, many decades. A Republican has announced that he will face Byrd in the up coming elections. Further, the state of West virginia has begun to lean Conservative and Byrd knows it.
So, he is attempting to gain himself a campaign talking point. Positioning himself as a "conservative" where it concerns judicial nominations. And, since Alito is going to win anyway, this is a painless way for Byrd to make some points along those lines.
In other words, it is a mere campaign ploy. Byrd doesn't believe a WORD of what he is saying.
After all, it must be remembered that he was beating the drum of filibustering the Roberts hearings and Roberts is considerd FAR less "conservative" than Alito by the extreme left to which Byrd generally holds fealty.
Lastly, I would like to say that it is obvious that these Democrats really don't believe the tripe they are dishing out about Alito. If he really was the "danger to the constitution" they claim he is they would make every attempt to filibuster his nomination. But they are not. they lack the courage of their claimed convictions.