Friday, January 06, 2006

The CAP Strategy Against Alito is a Byrd CAP Strategy

Drudge has a headline up (no alarms) concerning the democrat strategy against the Samuel Alito nomination to the SCOTUS:


The basic summary:

Senate Democrats have put into place a plan that includes one last push to take down the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito as he heads into his confirmation hearing next week, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. Senate Democrats intend to zero in on Alito’s alleged enthusiastic membership to an organization, they will charge, that was sexist and racist!

Democrats hope to tie Alito to Concerned Alumni of Princeton (CAP). Alito will testify that he joined CAP as a protest over Princeton policy that would not allow the ROTC on campus.

THE DRUDGE REPORT has obtained a Summer 1982 article from CAP’s PROSPECT magazine titled “Smearing The Class Of 1957” that key Senate Democrats believe could thwart his nomination!

The whole dem strategy is tied to an article written by the editor of the CAP magazine Fredrick Foote that states:

“The facts show that, for whatever reasons, whites today are more intelligent than blacks.”

Foote sounds like a racist to me. I certainly don't agree with that statement, nor does any non-racist person. I'm sure that Alito doesn't as well. If he states that he does then obviously I would be against his nomination. However, an article written in 1982 by the President of CAP, does not indict someone who was a member of the organization back in 1972, which was ten years before the person who wrote this article was the President of the organization and the article was written. For that matter nor does it indict those who denounced the views of the editor and joined the organization after the article was written.

That's like saying that all Germans in todays German military are Nazis and support the Nazis ideology, that everyone who worked for Enron is a crook and thought it was ok to embezzle money, and like saying that every democrat in the country supported Dick Durbin's claim that the American military was the equivalent of the Nazis, the Soviet gulags, and Pol Pot. There is no connection, it falls completely short of being bridged. I almost feel silly writing about it........................

Alito per the Drudge Report states he joined the CAP because of the organizations position that the ROTC should be allowed on campus and the Princeton policy at the time did not allow them to do so. Alito joined the ROTC in 1970 and CAP was founded in 1972, that timeline bridges completely and is rational..........................

Actually when the article in question was written, Alito was working for Solicitor General Rex Lee and arguing cases before the Supreme Court.

To show how progressive Alito was at the time in question, he lead "The Boundaries of Privacy in American Society" task force in 1971. Here are some of those discriminatory policies that the Task Force promoted:

As a senior at Princeton University, Samuel A. Alito Jr. chaired an undergraduate task force that recommended the decriminalization of sodomy, accused the CIA and the FBI of invading the privacy of citizens, and said discrimination against gays in hiring ''should be forbidden."

The report, issued in 1971 by Alito and 16 other Princeton students, stemmed from a class assignment to study the ''boundaries of privacy in American society" and to recommend ways to protect individual rights.

Boy that sure sounds like a guy who was way behind the curve when it came to a white male in 1971 accepting people as equals who had a different skin color or sexual gender, let alone people who were homosexual...................................

If this is in fact the fundamental basis of the democrat attack and there is nothing else, it's weaker than "a pubic hair on a coke can".............

Perhaps the democrat strategy is to generate a second Borking lead by those who Borked Miers from within the republican party. Come to think of it, I think that might actually be the strategy here, they are trying to Bork Alito from within, by getting ultra-conservatives to discover Alito's "Boundaries of Privacy in American Society" involvement..................................Now it all makes sense.......

Has to be, it would be insane for the democrats to attack someone for being a member of an organization that had another member who was a racist even though there was zero evidence or hint that the person in question was. It's not like the democrats have a senior leader in the Senate that was once a willing member of the KKK and made a personal decision to join an organization he knew had racist views that he himself shared. Thus the reason and purpose for joining said organization..................

Robert Byrd was writing this in 1945 per WaPo:

Byrd said in the Dec. 11, 1945, letter -- which would not become public for 42 more years with the publication of a book on blacks in the military during World War II by author Graham Smith -- that he would never fight in the armed forces "with a Negro by my side." Byrd added that, "Rather I should die a thousand times, and see old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels."

So only 27 years prior the membership in the CAP that the democrats plan to attack Alito for, their senior Senator was writing the above personal opinion filth and organizing a KKK chapter in W.VA? And their strategy is to link Alito to an article written by a member of the CAP in 1982, 10 years after he graduated from Princeton, and an opinion and article he has zero connection with???????

Yes, it must be a strategy to ignite another internal Meirs hit-job, because the CAP strategy falls far short of even reaching strategy status....................

________Update 1/7/2006________

Today WaPo covers the dem Bryd CAP strategy against Alito. One of the "worst" Op-Ed reporters (they all are Op-Ed reporters - that's how they do it at WaPo) on the staff (Edward M. Kennedy) takes the story on and his headline editor calls it "Alito's Credibility Problem". Oh I'm sorry Edward M. Kennedy is of course not a WaPo Op-Ed reporter, rather he is a democrat Senator from Massachusetts. Well it sounded the same as a WaPo reporter, and it is completely impossible to tell the difference between the two these days:

2. Membership in "Concerned Alumni of Princeton." In 1972, the year Alito graduated from Princeton University, a group of wealthy alumni formed Concerned Alumni of Princeton (CAP) to resist the growing influx of female, African American, Hispanic and even disabled students who were changing the face of Princeton "as you knew it." The university's most famous alumnus of the day, basketball star and later U.S. senator Bill Bradley, was invited into CAP initially but quickly found it "impossible to remain a member" because of CAP's "right-wing" views. A special committee of alumni, which included future Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, accused CAP of presenting a "distorted and hostile" view of the university. Alito joined CAP about that time, despite its purposes and reputation, and remained a member through 1985, when he cited his CAP membership as another qualification to join the Meese inner circle.

In 1987, when he was nominated to be U.S. attorney for New Jersey, and in 1990, when he was nominated for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, he did not mention his CAP membership to the Senate Judiciary Committee or to then-Sen. Bradley, who introduced him to the committee at the nomination hearing and endorsed him "100 percent." Bradley says today that had he known about Alito's long membership in CAP he would have had serious questions about it. Alito now says he can't remember anything at all about CAP.

Ted does not talk about the fact that Bradley joined after Alito had graduated and left...............He also does not talk about the "The Boundaries of Privacy in American Society" that would have made Kennedy given the date, look anti-progressive...................................