Just when you think it can't get any weirder here in Your Nation's Capital, here come 76 little trombone-playing bunny rabbits marching down Pennsylvania Avenue, with 110 cornet-playing llamas close at hand. They were followed by rows and rows of globally warmed-up Eskimos …
Dear Mr. Mullings:
Can we assume, by this, that "The Music Man" was on Turner Classic Movies this weekend?
No. It just came to me as a muse. Muse it, man.
Ok. Here we go:
President Bush's strongest allies during the eagerly awaited hearings into the confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito were … the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In case there was anyone on the North American continent who didn't believe the Democrats were only interested in the politics of the Alito hearings, I commend to you yesterdays front pager in the NY Times by Adam Nagourney, "Glum Democrats Can't See Halting Bush on Courts."
It turns out that "42 of the 50" Senate Democrats attended "a private retreat" in April 2001, "in Farmington, Pa., to hear from experts and discuss ways they could fight a Bush effort to remake the judiciary."
What? The "good government" party playing cheap politics with the Federal Judiciary? The vocally outraged opponents of the despicable political ploys generated by the GOP caught plotting with outsiders?
The teammates of the terminally virtuous Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden conspiring to undermine the US Constitution?
Has to be a misprint.
Whoa. Check please! This plot was hatched in 2001? And we're just hearing about it now? Did the Times withhold publication until after the Alito hearings were concluded? This has an eerily familiar ring.
The NY Times in collusion with Democrats. Now, that's a shock. The GOP should have a hearing: What did Adam Nagourney know and when did he know it?
Not only did the Senate Democrats have a long-term strategy to derail the Constitution, but there were nightly meetings among the Democrats to discuss tactics for the next day.
On the night when Mrs. Alito left the hearing room in tears,
"senior Democratic senate aides convened at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, stunned at the realization that the pictures of a weeping Mrs. Alito were being broadcast across the nation - as opposed to, for example, images of Senator Kennedy … pressing Judge Alito about his membership in an alumni club that resisted affirmative action effort."
Consider this: Senior Democratic aides were stunned that Americans were moved by Mrs. Alito's real tears, rather than Kennedy's specious, insulting and offensive suggestions that Judge Alito had a single biased bone in his body.
And the Democrats wonder why they are not connecting with the American people. Earth to Schumer.
By the way, someone please explain to me why the national press corps hyperventilated over the "Swift Boat" ads against John Kerry (claiming they were based on tissue-thin, if not actually false, connections); but reported, in sober and solemn prose, Sen. Kennedy's absolutely false implication that Alito was an active member and supporter of the Concerned Alumni of Princeton.
Does the name "Joseph McCarthy" strike a familiar note here?
If a Republican member of the Committee had launched a similar attack against a Liberal judge the Press Corps would have run screaming from the hearing room looking like the subject in an Edvard Munch painting.
The net result of all this is:
The conduct of the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee will make it harder for them to claim any kind of moral high ground as the President nominates additional conservatives for the Federal judiciary, and;
On a GREAT Secret Decoder Ring page today: The real lyrics to "76 Trombones;" a link to the NY Times piece, an explanation to that Edvard Munch reference; a pretty cool set of Mullfotos, and a Catchy Caption of the Day.
Sam Alito will be confirmed by the Senate, probably by month's end, and will be a superb Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court.