Democratic Senators have had little or nothing to say against Joseph Alito’s Supreme Court nomination, but the Democratic Party has jumped in against Alito with both feet. Today the DNC sent out an email that said in part:
When Alito was nominated for his present job on the Court of Appeals, he made a pledge to the U.S. Senate that he would recuse himself from cases where he had a personal interest. On multiple occasions Alito has broken that pledge.
He broke his pledge in 1995 when he ruled on a case that involved his sister’s law firm. And he broke his pledge in 2002 when he ruled on a case involving an investment firm where he had a six-figure personal investment.
Still more disturbing has been the series of shifting excuses for these serious ethical lapses. In the case of the investment firm, Alito’s sponsors in the White House first claimed that a computer glitch failed to alert Judge Alito of the conflict. When that excuse began to be scrutinized, the explanation suddenly shifted, with administration officials arguing on his behalf that Alito didn’t need to recuse himself after all.
Americans deserve a Supreme Court Justice who doesn’t need a computer to tell the difference between right and wrong.
You can make sure that your local paper covers these lapses and gives Alito’s credibility a serious examination by writing a letter to the editor:
And it does not stop there. On a job application for a position in the Reagan administration, Alito pointed to his membership in an organization known as the Concerned Alumni of Princeton. During his time at Princeton and when he was still promoting his membership over a decade later, this group made its name fighting integration of women and minorities on campus.
The two cases referred to in the email are snoozers at best; RedState explains the Vanguard case, and the Boston Globe reports on the “sister’s law firm” case. Both stories are much ado about nothing. And I seriously doubt that Concerned Alumni of Princeton “fought integration of women and minorities on campus.”
What is significant is not that these charges have any merit, of course, but rather that the Democratic Party is officially campaigning to defeat Alito’s nomination.