WASHINGTON Jan 11, 2006 Â Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito turned aside Democratic attacks on his judicial record and credibility at contentious confirmation hearings Wednesday that left his wife in tears.
"If I'm confirmed I'll be myself," said Alito, a 15-year veteran of a federal appeals court, named to succeed Justice Sandra Day O'Connor for a swing seat on the high court.
Challenged by Democrats, Alito repeatedly said he had no memory of involvement with the conservative Concerned Alumni of Princeton, though he highlighted his membership in a 1985 job application for the Reagan administration.
He repudiated the opinions expressed in articles in the organization's magazine. "They're not my views Â I deplore them," he said of writing that contained material that was racist, sexist and homophobic.
Under persistent questioning, Alito also declined for a second straight day to say whether he believes, as he did in 1985, that the Constitution contains no right to an abortion. "I don't think it's appropriate for me to speak about issues that could realistically come up" before the courts, he said.
Why doesn't Ted Kennedy and the rest of his liberal cronies just up and leave the Senate judiciary hearings? We already know how they're going to vote so quit wasting people's time and just phone in your "NO!"'s instead. Quit playing games with the American people, quit embarrassingng yourselves and quit disrespecting Samuel Alito and his family. Your votes were long cast the minute George W. Bush was given a chance to pick a judge for the Supreme Court. The American public is not stupid enough to think that liberal senators with a vendetta on their minds would even come close to giving a conservative nominee a fair shake. Especially after Sandra O'Connor (only after saying "yes" to the financial windfall that is Roe v. Wade), suddenly became every liberals' favorite judge. Especially after Kennedy and 21 of his MoveOn minions said a resounding "NO!" to the all-too-qualified John Roberts last year.
Bottom line, Samuel Alito doesn't stand a chance against liberal senators more concerned about their duty to special interests groups than their duty as senators. These charlatans don't care about being impartial, they only care about keeping the Ruth Ginsburg Supreme Court intact. Besides performing a full-scale abortion on the Senate floor, there is nothing that Alito can do to change the MoveOn controlled senators minds, so why take us through this painstaking task of belittling Alito?
To set up their takeover for 2006.
Too bad this strategy is not going to work.