Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Where’s the Fire?

I had no idea that the Democrats were going to be such wussies about questioning Judge Samuel Alito.

Trust me, if the tables were turned and a Democratic nominee sat in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and waffled on how he felt about Roe v. Wade and claimed to have no memory of belonging to an elitist club at Princeton that he later bragged about in a job application, the Republicans would go up like a puff of smoke. As it was, it seemed that all the Republicans could do in their questioning of Judge Alito was accuse the Democrats of being unfair in their questions. I listened to the first ten minutes of Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) session and all he did was recap and reframe the questions Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), implying that it was just plain rude of Sen. Schumer to have the nerve to ask the judge if he thought there was a guarantee of privacy in the Constitution.

The Republicans are coming off in this little minuet as smug and smarmy; not a bad ploy when a bunch of your colleagues are about to go down for influence-peddling. Now if only the Democrats would stop being afraid of holding the judge accountable for his writings and worrying that they’ll come off as “mean.” When you’re about to put a man on the Supreme Court for the rest of his life, you can take the risk of incurring the wrath of Fox News.