Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Alito Hearings: Moloch Worshippers Gnash their Teeth...

....because their SellPols can't carve up that dangerous nominee.

Even Reasonable journalist Macia Davis is disgusted:
There were some deft jabs, for sure, and Democrats did visit the territories they had promised -- from abortion rights to executive power to issues of discrimination and the appellate judge's ethics. But the Dems didn't rampage, didn't storm the barricades as all their tough talk had promised.

In fact, most of the day was so quiet that by mid-afternoon you had Republicans such as Texas's John Cornyn going before reporters and essentially declaring victory.

That's hard to take when Americans have been promised a smackdown. This is a reality TV nation, a WWF kinda country, where we like to see a fight even when we know it isn't real, even when we know the stakes might just be a bag of Cheetos.

So when it's the Supreme Court, well, that's when the sparks are supposed to fly. That's what Democrats had promised in the Alito hearings. The New Jersey judge with humble roots would replace the all-important swing seat of Sandra Day O'Connor, they said. Abortion rights are at stake. The issue of executive power is on the table like never before in light of the president's recent wiretapping episodes. Alito is a guy who may be an extremist posing as a moderate.

They certainly talked a good game. After all, wasn't it last week that New York's Charles E. Schumer said Alito should not try to pull the same duck-and-dodge as John Roberts? Schumer even spoke of the possibility of a filibuster. And wasn't it Massachusetts's legendary lion Ted Kennedy who said Alito worried him because he seemed incapable of ruling against the government or big corporations in favor of the little guy? This is the seat that will push the court to the right, the argument went, the seat that matters more than replacing Chief Justice William Rehnquist with Roberts.
Well, allow me to get up off the floor after my bout with hysteria.

Ms. Davis can barely wipe the spittle off her lips. She'll certainly be cleaning the carpet for a long time. Perhaps she's paraphrasing the extreme rhetoric of the SellPol's Moloch-worshipping Masters. Maybe she's disappointed that a ka-ching! raising DC fight didn't ensue on the Senate floor.

Either way, she's disappointed in the manifestation of Truth.

Judge Alito refused to present himself as anything other than a Judge with integrity and respect for the role of the judiciary. The Democrats on the Judiciary committee failed to characterture him as an Agenda-hustling bogeyman in Bush's pocket. Ms. Davis chides them for their failure to do so.

The Democrats, with the possible exception of Senator Kennedy, refused to flood the senate floor with mouth-foaming spittle. They were content to merely saturate the carpet. Their partisan rhetoric refused to shake Judge Alito nonetheless. Again, Ms. Davis condemns them for their limited display of "civility."

So who's the extremists here? The majority of the country that rightly see abortion as far to prevelent? Or the Reasonable Moloch-worshippers that see coat-hanger abortions around the corner should people's elected representatives actually decide the issue? I thought policy issues, in a constitutional republic like the US, were the perogative of legislatures and executives. Guess I'm just a Fool.

Still, our Reasonable elite know they skate on thin ice. They understand that they must camouflage their Moloch-worship in "moderate" terms, like the slogan "keep abortion safe, legal and rare." However, only the most fanatic disciples of the sacrament of Abortion would argue that abortions are rare--and that the Government has worked to render them so. As Captain Ed observes:
Durbin says that the government wants to "discourage" abortions, and reserve it for women whose lives are in danger. If we've had over 40 million women's lives in danger in 32 years, then America's females should escape our borders as soon as possible. As far as it being rare, what other medical procedures have been performed 40 million times over 32 years? Nose jobs?
They're only fooling themselves, and in their hearts they know it.

That's why they can't allow a Judge like Samuel Alito on the Supreme Court. Even the supporters of Roe concede that it is poor constitutional law. A judge that respects the law--and the meaning of the constitution--will not find convincing reasons to support it. Especially if the right case comes before the Court.

And yet, with all this at stake, all the hired guns of the worshippers can do is make lame attempts to create Anti-Roe bogey-men:
SCHUMER: I'm not asking about a question. I'm asking about the Constitution, in all due respect, and something you wrote about...

ALITO: The Constitution contains the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment and the 14th Amendment. It provides protection for liberty. It provides substantive protection. And the Supreme Court has told us what the standard is for determining whether something falls within the scope of those protections.

SCHUMER: Does the Constitution protect the right to free speech?

ALITO: Certainly it does. That's in the First Amendment.

SCHUMER: So why can't you answer the question of: Does the Constitution protect the right to an abortion the same way without talking about stare decisis, without talking about cases, et cetera?

ALITO: Because answering the question of whether the Constitution provides a right to free speech is simply responding to whether there is language in the First Amendment that says that the freedom of speech and freedom of the press can't be abridged. Asking about the issue of abortion has to do with the interpretation of certain provisions of the Constitution.

SCHUMER: Well, OK. I know you're not going to answer the question.
Senator Cornyn explodes Senator Schumer's pathetic sputtering in one question:
CORNYN: Judge Alito, are you familiar with the -- I guess the question that lawyers sometimes pose to demonstrate how unfair a question can be -- when did you stop beating your wife?

No wonder the mouth-peaces of the Moloch-Worshippers have joined in the collective rending of garments! They smell the end of the Judiciarium that has enshrined their Absolute Individualism on the country since 1973.

My heart bleeds for them. Really.

Now let me get back to my laughter. And the rest of you Fools:

join me!