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
A few years ago, the
Democrats wouldn't allow a vote on Bush's Hispanic, black and
female judicial nominees. Sen. Bill Frist 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.
The nominations languished,
and eventually some of the nominees, like Miguel Estrada, withdrew
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
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
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
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
York Times recently described the Republican campaign to
get Alito on the court as a calculated strategy similar to Gen.
Eisenhower's execution of the Normandy invasion. The meticulous
plan, according to the Times, was mapped out by a secret
conspiracy of Republicans similar to the Illuminati, also known
as "the same weenies who gave us Harriet Miers."
to Times reporter David Kirkpatrick, the weenies "laid
out a two-part strategy to roll out behind whomever the president
picked, people present said. The plan: first, extol the nonpartisan
legal credentials of the nominee, steering the debate away from
the nominee's possible influence over hot-button issues. Second,
attack the liberal groups they expected to oppose any Bush nominee."
At no point in the
article exposing the secret Republican plan did Kirkpatrick mention
that the nominee ignored the plan. Sam Alito was a walking hot-button
issue. I believe his sainted mother's remarks put a quick end
to the Republicans' genius "stealth" campaign. Alito
is everything Washington weenies have been petrified of since
-- well, probably since the Bork nomination.
And yet, despite the
NARAL ladies running around Capitol Hill with machetes, Alito
was confirmed by the Senate in the exact same 58-42 vote that
Robert Bork got (except reversed this time!).
That's what happens
when you win elections. No wonder Democrats don't get this --
they've only won a couple of elections in the last quarter-century.
It's one thing for
Democrats to be in denial about steady Republican election victories
since 1994. It's quite another for Republicans to be in denial
about them, too.
2006 Ann Coulter
by Universal Press Syndicate