Sunday, January 29, 2006

Continuing intrigue on Alito's job application

More on what your blogstress believes to be the fabrication of a certain credential on Alito's application for a job in the Reagan Justice Department comes from the indefatigable Chan Sethi of The Daily Princeton, the campus newspaper of Princeton University.

Writing in The Weekly Standard, a prominent national conservative magazine of which he is currently publisher, Eastland added: "I didn't know Alito had applied for the job, and ... I didn't know that Alito had gone to Princeton, much less had any association with CAP [the Concerned Alumni of Princeton]."

Alito's membership in the group was the subject of intense questioning during confirmation hearings this week. He said he has no recollection of CAP and likely put it on the1985 job application — the only record of his participation in the group — to establish his conservative credentials for the Reagan administration.

"You have to look at the question that I was responding to and the form that I was filling out," Alito told the judiciary committee. "I was applying for a position in the Reagan administration."

Former CAP board member Andrew Napolitano '72, now a Fox News analyst, said in an interview this week that "by telling [then-Attorney General] Ed Meese he was in CAP, Sam Alito was telling the Justice Department he was a true-blue conservative."

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Filibustering Alito

On Friday, Bob Fertik of the blog, Democrats.com (apparently not officially affiliated with the Democratic Party) served up some weekend excitement for your blogstress by breaking news that Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), of all people, would lead a filibuster against the confirmation vote for Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. Any red-blooded, U.S.-Constitution-loving American, thinks your cybertrix, should be grateful to the senator and the blogger for saving the weekend. Now, let's see if we can collectively save the Court.

Here's Fertik's Friday scoop:

Original post 1 pm: I have confirmed reports that Kerry wants to filibuster Alito, and he is talking to his colleagues to round up the 41 votes he needs.

Three Democrats (Ben Nelson, Tim Johnson and Robert Byrd) support Alito. So right now, without the support of any Republicans, we still have 42 possible votes for a filibuster.

There are 4 moderate Republicans who should be targeted (Lincoln Chafee, Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, and Ted Stevens).

Three Democrats (Mary Landrieu, Ken Salazar, and Dianne Feinstein) oppose Alito but also said they oppose a filibuster. So we must persuade them that a vote against Alito is meaningless if they don't support a filibuster.

The best way to persuade them would be for the Democratic leadership (Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer, Pat Leahy, and Debby Stabenow) and the five Presidential candidates (John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Russ Feingold, Joe Biden, and Evan Bayh) to form a Emergency Save the Constitution Committee and enlist the support of pro-choice, pro-freedom, and pro-democracy activists in Louisiana, Colorado, and California) to persuade their Senators to support a filibuster.

More details soon, but keep calling the Alito 8!

Three hours later, CNN confirmed Fertik’s reporting.

Vive le blog! (dit ta net-tĂȘte).

Fertik is a one-man force of nature; if this filibuster thing happens, tout le monde will have him to thank. He’s pushed the big liberal bloggers into pushing for it; shamed a number of senators into joining the effort, and issued shout-outs to such petit frites as your Webwench.

Check in with Bob throughout the weekend for blow-by-blow updates on the filibuster effort. He’s on top of it all, including what was said on the Sunday shows. Also find a link there to the Kos posting on a conference call with bloggers conducted yesterday by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).

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