1/08/2006

A Profoundly Unserious Man

New York Senator Charles (Credit Check Chuck) Schumer was bloviating on Meet the Press this morning about the NSA, the Alito hearings, and the war on terror. In the process, he revealed himself as a man who in no way deserves to to be taken seriously.

His attempt to characterize Judge Alito as "out of the mainstream" is laughable. Alito is reasoned, experienced, thoughtful, and described by people on both sides of the aisle as a very fair judge. If such a man cannot be confirmed because he does not pass an ideological test, the federal judiciary's role as an independent branch of government is over. At first, Schumer tried to hint that he hadn't made up his mind about Alito, but that is demonstrably false (he voted against Roberts after all) so he then shifted to expressing doubt over whether he would support a filibuster or not. Many Republican commentators have expressed doubt about a filibuster of Alito, but based on Schumer's performance today, I think an effort will be made. Whether it will be enough to convince the red state Democratic Senators who are up for reelection this year to go along is anybody's guess.

I still think Alito is more likely to be confirmed than not, but it's far from a sure thing now. The President is reaping the harvest of the wasted months caused by his inexplicable nomination of Harriet Miers. The Republican base is reaping the harvest of the party establishment's support of the squishy Arlen Specter who refuses to make things happen, even to schedule timely hearings, for the conservatives. The chickens from the day Bush chose to openly oppose Pat Toomey have come home to roost.

Back to Credit Check Chuck. For the man whose own staff illegally (and this was without question illegal, rather than being disputed as the NSA matter is) rummaged through the credit files of a potential Republican Senate candidate (Michael Steele of Maryland) to complain about Presidential overreach and failure to protect privacy should have gotten him laughed off the program. Of course the urban former aide to Mario Cuomo isn't about to do that to a Democrat, so Schumer's hypocrisy went unchallenged.

The fact that this profoundly unserious man is one of the leading lights of the Democratic party is unsettling. The nation is best served by having two serious, adult political parties. Right now we don't. (Given Bush's recess appointment of the well-connected but completely unqualified Julie Myers to run Immigration and Customs Enforcement, I'm not sure we even have one.) That's really too bad.

8 Comments:

At 11:15 PM, Blogger wordameagle said...

"Credit Check Chuck"

Pretty clever for a 'bama fan. Which makes me wonder what your connection to UAT is. It's unlikely that you grew up in Tuscaloser, and I have a hard time imagining a 'bammer commenting intelligently the Alito hearings. Unless you went to 'bammer Law?

 
At 11:42 PM, Anonymous Longhorn said...

Alabama Finished Ranked 8th (10-2)
Auburn Finished Ranked 14th (9-4)

eat it.

 
At 11:43 PM, Anonymous Drew said...

Well said. I know all politicians are hypocritical to an extent but the hypocracy of the Senate Democrats has to be the most egregious of all time. If it didn't have the cover of the MSM the Democratic party would be dead in the water, exposed for the idealogues and hypocrites they are.

 
At 8:16 AM, Blogger Malott said...

Since it all comes down to abortion: I wonder how many Americans know that overturning Roe would NOT make abortion illegal, but simply send the issue back to the state legislatures where it belongs?

This is no doubt a fact that the Dems would like to keep secret.

Nice site.

 
At 8:16 AM, Blogger Malott said...

drew...

well said!

 
At 11:02 AM, Blogger Robert said...

For wordameagle, I have no connection to Bama except for a deep abiding support of the football team (and a son named Bryant!). I grew up in Middle Tennessee, but resisted the orange evil through the good and godly influence of my father. ;-)

 
At 7:09 PM, Blogger wordameagle said...

Hi, longhorn? Not much of a college football fan, are you? Maybe started liking the longhorns this year, like on January 5th?

Auburn beat Alabama for the 4th straight time, 28-18. This while Auburn was "rebuilding" after losing 4 to the first round of the NFL draft; we had to settle for a tie for the SEC West crown.

The 'bammers, on the other hand, were senior-laden, including Crodie Broyle.

Oh, and if Auburn or 'bammer got to play in an easy conference like the Big 12, and the hardest game was against a tough Texas Tech team, well, we'd be attracting worthless bandwagon fans too.

eat that. and try not to choke on it.

p.s. i went to texas for law school. i hated it. the girls were ugly and didn't like shaving, the guys were anal pointyheads, and you never saw so many soft-headed liberal good-thing likers in your life. or maybe you did.

 
At 7:11 PM, Blogger wordameagle said...

Hey Robert,

Sorry to post off-topic. Bear Bryant was a great coach, maybe the greatest. Certainly better than Bobby Bowden, and better than Joe Pa too.

 

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