There now ... nominating a conservative to the Supreme Court wasn't that scary, was it? Hey, who wants to go again?
Democrats have the most exaggerated reputation for fearsomeness since Saddam Hussein's vaunted "Elite Republican Guard" -- the ones who ran like scared schoolgirls when U.S. forces toppled Iraq in 17 days flat.
A few years ago, the Democrats wouldn't allow a vote on Bush's Hispanic, black and female judicial nominees. Sen. Bill Frist (news, bio, voting record) was afraid of what the Democrats might do, so he backed down. Scary Democrats! And not just Joe Biden's hair plugs -- all of them were scary to Sen. Frist!
The nominations languished, and eventually some of the nominees, like Miguel Estrada, withdrew their names.
Then a Republican lawyer on the Judiciary Committee, Manuel Miranda, found memos Democrats left on open computer files proving that the Democrats were targeting Bush's Hispanic nominees like Miguel Estrada solely because they were Hispanic.
What do you suppose the Democrats would have done if they ever found a memo by Republican Senate staffers opposing Ruth Bader Ginsburg, say, because she was Jewish?
For reasons I still don't understand, instead of these memos being the Democrats' scandal, they became the Republicans' scandal. Democrats were outraged that Miranda had not chastely refused to read the memos Democrats had stupidly left on open files. Consequently, Frist fired Miranda.
The man most responsible for blocking Bush's judicial nominees in the first term was Sen. Tom Daschle. He is now citizen Tom Daschle, having been thrown out of office by South Dakota voters for not running enough TV ads showing him hugging President Bush. Daschle's loss gave Republicans an even larger majority in the Senate.
Yes, these Democrats certainly were a force to be reckoned with!
I will dispense with recapitulating the unpleasantness over Bush's last high court nominee, except to say that within days of Bush's nominating Democrat Harry Reid's friend Harriet Miers, every Republican in the nation was opposed to her. The only exceptions were people whose sole reason for living is to receive a personal phone call from Karl Rove.
Only because of the grassroots revolt against Miers were Republicans in Washington finally forced to face their worst nightmare.
Terror, thy name is Samuel Alito. Or as he is now known: "Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito."