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Wednesday, January 11, 2006
  Democrats Making Their Own People Un-Confirmable
Not understanding the difference between judges and lawyers, Democrats are trying to highlight Samuel Alito's work in the Reagan administration to show unfitness for confirmation. They don't realize that his work as an advocate has no bearing on his role as a judge, which is incompatible with any form of advocacy. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, of course, was the top lawyer at the ACLU and tried to advance an agenda in a variety of cases. If Republicans then applied the (double) standards then that Democrats are trying to apply now, she never would have been confirmed. That she was confirmed by a 96-3 vote is a testament to Republicans' respect for tradition and the Constitution. The Democrats are solely responsible for soiling the judicial confirmation process.

As of 3:00pm today, Judge Alito has already answered more questions than Justice Ginsburg did in her entire hearing.

Judge Alito:

Justice Ginsburg:
So much for the Democrats' claims that Alito hasn't been forthcoming. Having nothing of substance on which to attack Samuel Alito, they keep harping on the "integrity issue," which both the liberal ABA and Democrats say is an unfair smear, and Alito's membership in Concerned Alumni of Princeton over his anger at the university's expulsion of the ROTC. Ted Kennedy tried to pull a stunt by demanding a subpoena to invade the privacy of U.S. citizen involved in CAP to get his personal papers, thinking they would damage Alito. Problem is, the NY Times already investigated those papers back in November, apparently finding nothing. How pathetic. Bench Memos covers it.
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