Battle Formations Gather Around Alito
With the glow of Christmas still warming our hearts, it is time to turn our minds to the work ahead. And this month brings us public hearings over the Judge Alito nomination to the Supreme Court. It will undoubtedly be chock-full of drama, misinformation and hysteria.
The Abortion Lobby is loaded for bear. They will unleash a wave of television, radio and press releases, with the goal of goading their Democrat pals into staging some kind parliamentary putsch.
The focus of their attack will be a memo written by Alito while he served in the Reagan White House. In 1985, Alito outlined what he called a strategy which would “advance the goal of bringing about the eventual overruling of Roe v. Wade and, in the meantime, of mitigating its effects.” Democrats were quick to seize upon the peek into Alito’s actual feeling about abortion with words like “stunning” and “extreme”.
But they have yet to fully express themselves on the matter. They’re saving themselves for CNN interviews.
The left wing group, People for the American Way – a mislabeled outfit if ever there was one – called the memo a “smoking cannon”. And pro-abort Republican Arlen Specter said he intended to make the memo a “central line” in his public grilling of Alito.
In preparation for the battle, the Abortion Lobby has been gathering all its fellow travelers. Just last week, the Washington Times reported that the Environmental Lobby had been persuaded to weigh-in against Alito’s nomination. Contrary to what you might think, this is a fairly unusual turn of events, according to the Times. The Sierra Club has not opposed a supreme court nominee since 1987 – the infamous Bork case.
Sierra will be joined by Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the National Environmental Trust. While the environmental lobby is undoubtedly powerful, they are apparently having a difficult time producing evidence for their contention that Alito “cannot be trusted to protect” the environment.
We will need to begin alerting our prayer chains as we near this crucial struggle with the Left.