January 17, 2006

THE LESSON IS EVEN MORE BASIC...:

Democrats can learn from failure to block Alito (James P. Pinkerton, January 17, 2006, Newsday)

Lesson for the day: Don't take political advice from liberal law professors.

That might seem like obvious advice, especially for those seeking office in "red states," but Senate Democrats seem not to have gotten the message. Now they are paying a huge price, as Samuel Alito moves toward confirmation - and Democrats move toward marginalization. How all this happened was revealed in a recent New York Times article headlined, "Glum Democrats Can't See Halting Bush on Courts / Concede Strategy Failed."

In 2001, 42 of the 50 Democrats then in the Senate - the number is down to 45 now - went on a retreat to "hear experts and discuss ways they could fight a Bush effort to remake the judiciary." The experts were three liberal legal eagles - Laurence Tribe of Harvard Law School, Cass Sunstein of the University of Chicago Law School and Marcia Greenberger of the National Women's Center in Washington - who told the Democrats that they could "oppose even nominees with strong credentials on the grounds that the White House was trying to push the courts in a conservative direction."


...your attack rhetoric ought not to be the same as the platform on which the majority party is dominating you. Republicans keep winning by saying they'll shift the courts Right--why point out that they're fulfilling their promise?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 17, 2006 3:54 PM
Comments

"...and Demomcrats move towards marginalization."
A better phrase might be "as Democrats vigorously entrench themselves in irrelevance."

Posted by: Mikey at January 18, 2006 7:55 AM
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