Thursday, January 12, 2006

The Hypocritical Democrats

As I've watched the Senate Judiciary confirmation hearings trudge along this week, and seen how ruthless and cold-hearted the Democrats on the committee became towards Judge Alito, I couldn't help but wonder if perhaps the Dems would even be able to measure up to their own standards.

How many of the Democrats on the committee could survive the same exhaustive examination and distortion of their own careers and records that they gave to Judge Alito? I was pretty sure not many of them could. And lucky enough for me, I wasn't the only one who thought the Dems' behavior was a little hypocritical.

Tom Bevan of Real Clear Politics wondered just as I did, would the Dems be confirmed under their own standards? Well:

Not Ted Kennedy: for obvious reasons.

Not Joe Biden: he has a plagiarism problem.

Not Dianne Feinstein: she's had a Guatemalan houskeeper issue, was fined $190,000 in 1992 for failing to properly report $3.5 million in campaign expenditures, and her husband runs a company that scored a $600 million Iraq war contract in 2003. Imagine what the Dems would do with this last one.

Not Charles Schumer: two of the people under his employ at the DSCC are currently being investigated for illegally obtaining Michael Steele's credit report last year. In 1983, Schumer narrowly escaped indictment for misusing state funds in his 1980 Congressional race. The U.S. Attorney in the case, Raymond J. Dearie, actually recommended that Schumer be indicted, but the Reagan Justice Department turned down the request citing "lack of jurisdiction."

Not Dick Durbin: he would never get around his pro-life past. Durbin is on the record in the 1980's saying that he "believed that Roe v. Wade was incorrectly decided" and that "the right to an abortion is not guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution."

Not Pat Leahy: in 1987 he resigned as Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee for leaking classified information to a reporter.

Out of the eight Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, only two of them --Herb Kohl, and Russ Feingold-- have a potential chance of being confirmed under their own standards. As Bevan notes, this fact only highlights how distasteful and cruel the Dems' tactics have been during the hearings.

Be sure to check out Bevan's post, where he has links to all of the dirty little secrets that would make these Dems unconfirmable by their own measuring stick.

Perhaps these sorts of striking realizations are why Sen. Dick Durbin suggested scrapping the confirmation hearings altogether.