Carol Platt Liebau says that the Sunday morning shows revealed the Left’s playbook for handling the President’s appointments for the Supreme Court.
All of them — from Dianne Feinstein to Nan Aron (both on “Fox News Sunday“) to Patrick Leahy (on “Meet the Press”) — are calling for a “consensus conservative” and working hard to define Sandra Day O’Connor as a “moderate conservative” (all, of course, in preparation for denominating whomever the President chooses — except maybe Alberto Gonzales — as an “extremist conservative”). Those who disagree with the “moderate conservative” label for Justice O’Connor might want to point out this piece from the conservative publication Human Events, which notes in a piece reprinted from July of 1981 that “High Court Nominee Disturbs Conservatives”.
Carol says that a nominee will have to have the temperment of Ronald Reagan and a personal history purer than Ceasar’s wife.
It should also be noted that “Gang of 14” member Lindsay Graham offered Democrats an “extraordinary circumstances” playbook during his appearance on “Fox News Sunday” — apparently, ideology isn’t an extraordinary circumstance, but character and temperament would be. Dems doubtless will take it as an invitation to attack both in the hopes of persuading some of the self-congratulatory “gang” to stand for a filibuster; President Bush’s nominee had better have the temperament of Ronald Reagan and a personal history purer than Caesar’s wife — because the left will be trolling for those who can spin fantasy smear tales like Anita Hill did.
Happily, unlike the situation in the Bork and Thomas hearings, conservative activists are ready to counter the predictable smear campaign from the left.
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The Democrats are fighting for the survival of their Party. The courts are the last area where the Left can still affect life in America. Their is not much we, as citizens, can do to make sure the President gets to exercise his Constitutional authority and appoint a justice of his choice. That will be up to the Senate, and will depend on whether the Republicans in that august body are prepared to do what is necessary to get the Presidents appointment approved.