A Test For George Bush and The Republicans
By now, you probably know that yesterday The Washington Times revealed a letter by Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito in which he stated that "the constitution does not protect a right to abortion". The letter, dating from 1985, was part of Alito's application for a job in the Reagan administration.
The Washington Times article predicted that the letter is "likely to inflame liberals who oppose Judge Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court". As anticipated, the acolytes of The Sacrament of the Left are lining up to denounce Alito:
Ralph Neas of People for the American Way (yes, the right to slaughter defenceless infants in the womb is an integral part of the American Way) decried Alito's opposition to "a woman's constitutional right to reproductive freedom". Of course, Neas doesn't mean a woman's "freedom" to reproduce, but her "freedom" not to reproduce, even if that's just tough luck for the child involved.
Of course, the Catholic senior senator from Massachussetts, Ted Kennedy, solemnly intoned that he found Alito's "extreme statements" to be "very troubling". Interesting that he doesn't seem at all troubled by the millions of innocents whose death he has facilitated by his singleminded advocacy of abortion.
And, of course, Senator Charles Schumer of New York declared that Alito's remarks create "a perception of bias". Never mind his bias against the right of the most innocent and defenceless to ever draw breath.
Judge Alito's remark was, in reality, a simple statement of reality. The constitution does not, in fact, contain in any way, shape, or form a "right to abortion". Only a Court embarking on an "exercise of raw judicial power" could find one in "emanations and penumbras" undiscernible until Justice Blackmun's hieratic powers went to work on the document. And while even liberal legal scholars like Alan Dershowitz have admitted that Roe was badly decided, the abortion-besotted senators have become blinded to a fact which any first-year law student can plainly see. They are living personifications of the Shea dictum "Sin makes you stupid".
Nonetheless, the liberal denunciations and ejaculations of outrage were utterly predictable. They are a set piece, like the patter song of a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta. The real question is, what will President Bush and the Republicans in the Senate do in response? The President is perceived as being politically weakened, and some RINOs, such as Susan Collins and Arlen Specter, may try to cut and run, leaving Alito hanging in the wind. Will the President and the other Republicans enforce party discipline? Will they be faithful to the conservatives who put them in office? Or, in the face of angry Democrats and the tongue-clucking of the New York Times' and Washington Post's editorial boards, will they cave in and allow Alito to be "borked"?
What happens between now and January is a test. We have been given ample evidence to doubt the sincerity and seriousness of the Republican pro-life committment. If they abandon Alito, or even passively allow him to go down to defeat, they will send an unmistakable signal - one which conservatives will receive with absolute clarity - and stay home in droves for the 2006 election.