January 12, 2006


Thrust Into Limelight and for Some a Symbol of Washington's Bite (SHERYL GAY STOLBERG, 1/13/06, NY Times)

All week long, Martha-Ann Alito has been a silent presence on Capitol Hill, a supporting character in the Supreme Court confirmation show starring her husband, Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. But on Thursday, a day after she left the hearing room in tears, Mrs. Alito was in the limelight.

Republicans held her up as a victim of Democrats' browbeating, while Democrats, backpedaling, insisted it was a Republican, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who caused Mrs. Alito's upset.

One fact was not in dispute: Mrs. Alito has generated sympathy for her husband in the hearing room and, perhaps, beyond Washington among Americans who had otherwise tuned out. [...]

At the center of the discussion is a gregarious former law librarian who has become, for some, a symbol of all that is wrong with Washington politics and the toll that it takes on families.

Surely we aren't the only ones who also feel sorry for the Democrats, whose once great party has been reduced to carrying water for far Left advocacy groups who insist that they keep attacking Judge Alito long after the cause is obviously lost.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 12, 2006 10:57 PM

I like that last line, Orrin.

It made me think of the old rule in siege warfare that if a town, certain to be taken, was offered surrender and declined, then once the walls were breached all bets were off.

The opposition just kept fighting and causing needless suffering after it was clear they would lose in the end.

Posted by: Pepys at January 12, 2006 11:18 PM

My wife was utterly apolitical until the Clarence Thomas hearings. Now, she'd love to see Democrat heads on pikes the full cicumference of the Beltway.

There may well be some Center-Right folks who are sad at the Dems misfortunes, but not under this roof. Not yet. I'll get there before long, though, because unchecked power does indeed corrupt.

Posted by: ghostcat at January 12, 2006 11:43 PM

"Heads on Pikes"...

I'm embarrassed to admit that I relish the concept (if not the reality).

School Administrators first, the Judiciary Committee Democrats. School Administrators are what make the likes of Schumer a possibility.

Posted by: Bruno at January 13, 2006 1:20 AM

We could almost feel sorr for those people, but "almost" is a word of negation.

We do not, because it is obvious that they are living in their ugly past, in their days of shame of the Vietnam Dolchstoss.

They had sold they country for temporary political advantage. Riding for long on the residue of the historical accidents of World War II and the Great Depression, they grasped extension of their power by forming a coalition of folk enemies and culture traitors.

Then at the summit of their perfidy, they becaume the party of defeat and surrender, culminating in active, conscious betrayal. They had us cut and run from Vietnam, having made who knows what assurances to the Communists that the betrayal would be complete.

It worked for them in those dark days, because they themselves had set the scene by foolishly attempting to fight a war of policy with draftees. No more.

The focus of evil has fallen. Those people of whom I write were not able to save it, though they tried so hard, by opposing military development and by shoring up enemy outposts, as in Nicaragua.

At length the rest of of us, ever hopeful of personal redemption, wished that it was over. We wished that they would become Americans again, and dreamed that the new threat would bring us together.

But it was not to be. Having sold themselves, not just to the Communist sympathizers, but also to every atheist, pervert, race-separatist, gun-grabber and, of course, baby-murderer, they returned to their vomit of hatred of America and its folk.

Federalists, Whigs, Democrats--the Moving Finger writes.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 13, 2006 8:31 AM

You can't stop Lou, you can only try to contain him.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at January 13, 2006 11:14 AM