WASHINGTON -- Zounds, the liberals have found another of their "smoking guns." That is what they are calling a job application submitted 20 years ago by a young lawyer seeking promotion in the Reagan Administration. His name is Samuel A. Alito, Jr. and as close observers of national politics will note he is President George W. Bush's latest nominee for the Supreme Court. In this chilling job application Alito declares: "I am and always have been a conservative." He outlines his shocking disagreements with the judicial activism of the Warren court and he scruples over such matters as affirmative action.
Alito was, at the time, an assistant to the solicitor general, applying for an opening in the office of Attorney Edwin Meese III. Yes, that Attorney General Meese! The one who worked for Ronald Reagan, the country's first cowboy president, the one who brought the country to the brink of nuclear warfare with the USSR, back when there was a USSR. President Mikhail Gorbachev calmed things down and saved us all. Then America rejoined the civilized countries of the world under another of America's great playboy presidents -- this one even more of a playboy than John F. Kennedy -- our forty-second president, Bill Clinton, who never lied to the American people or, for that matter, to his staff. President Clinton kept us out of war and recognized that one cannot attack a foreign dictator simply because the West's intelligence agencies say he has weapons of mass destruction. What if he does not? What if his thwarting of United Nations resolutions and his tauntings are simply empty macho boasts? Mr. Clinton's policy was to wait and see what the French do.
But back to this "smoking gun" -- in it Alito claims membership in the mysterious Federalist Society, identified today by Democratic leaders as another "far right" group. Alito avers that he was also a member of a group at Princeton University that in the early 1970s opposed coeducation, Concerned Alumni of Princeton, which published a magazine, Prospect. The magazine published a lot of articles that Democratic leaders now recognize as "far right." What is more, Alito, in his 1985 application, claimed that he had recently submitted articles to National Review and The American Spectator, two more "far right" organizations, the latter being the magazine that was caught organizing a coup d'etat against our last playboy president, the one with the unlit cigar. The cigar has come to be recognized as Clinton's own Churchillian trademark, albeit less malodorous and injurious.