January 12, 2006


Alito: A Last-Gasp Democratic Gambit Fails: What’s in the Concerned Alumni of Princeton papers? Nothing. (Byron York, 1/12/06, National Review)

You can say what you want about the liberal groups opposing Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, but they stay on message. [...]

"It's been a very, very bad day for him," said Nan Aron, head of the Alliance for Justice. By "him," she meant Alito, who had suffered, Aron said, severe blows to his credibility. "The credibility gap that existed before the hearing has become a credibility chasm," said People for the American Way head Ralph Neas, talking to reporters outside the hearing room. "Judge Alito has a profound problem both on substance and credibility grounds," said Wade Henderson of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.

Republicans laughed when they heard that one. "It's over," one GOP aide said flatly, referring both to the Democratic opposition and the hearing itself.

By the end of the day, and certainly by this morning, it was clear that the only thing that made Wednesday's proceedings interesting — the face-off between Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy and Republican Chairman Arlen Specter — had been a blunder for Democrats.

First McCain and the Gang got the terrible three confirmed, then Roberts skated through, then Miers went down for not being far enough Right, and now Scalito's a lock--it could be time to renominate Bob Bork or just dig up Torquemada.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 12, 2006 3:44 PM

Elections matter.

Posted by: Mikey at January 12, 2006 3:59 PM

"It's been a very, very bad day for him,"

Muhammad Saeed al-Sahaf; er, Nan Aron, revs up the troops:)

Posted by: Brad S at January 12, 2006 5:18 PM

pathological liars, they should be committed to an institution and kept medicated.

Posted by: toe at January 12, 2006 5:37 PM

J. R. Brown cometh.

Posted by: ghostcat at January 12, 2006 6:51 PM

The whole thing was a put-on.

The only one who acted as though he took it seriously was Massachusetts Fats, and everybody knows he's a B.S.er.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 12, 2006 6:56 PM

Let's get Orrin nominated. That will certainly be entertaining.

Posted by: Bryan at January 12, 2006 7:00 PM

Up is down.

Black is white.

"It's been a very, very bad day for him . . . The credibility gap that existed before the hearing has become a credibility chasm"

Thus is Nan Aron's world - it's all backwards.

Posted by: Athena at January 12, 2006 8:08 PM

Someone should check Harriett Miers's retirement account - I'll bet a large lump sum either has been or will be deposited. I still want Mark Levin for the next opening. If the Right wants a real fight with the Democratic hyenas on the Judiciary Committee, he (or perhaps Ann Coulter) would bring it.

Posted by: ratbert at January 12, 2006 11:12 PM

Athena: Does that mean that her real name is Nora Nan?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 13, 2006 1:57 AM

Bwahahahahahahahh (evil laugh)

OJ is certainly a national treasure. Has Bork replied that he is ready to serve?

I hear Ginsburg is ailing.

Posted by: Bruno at January 13, 2006 2:10 AM


I will personally try to call Bennett and Ingraham tomorrow, and see if I can tease them about McCain's gang of 14.

I'm no McCain fan, but OJ is 100 "spot on" re: the gang.

Posted by: Bruno at January 13, 2006 2:12 AM