Monday, January 09, 2006

Alito Confirmation Hearings: Leahy's "Slip-Up"

Only fifteen minutes into the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on Samuel Alito's nomination to the United States Supreme Court, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) used the beginning of his opening statement to say the following, "President Bush did not help his case in the withdrawal of Harriet Miers's nomination ..."

I wonder how many people watching the live broadcast would catch the subtle implications of that statement, but hopefully somebody will. The implication of Senator Leahy's statement is this; Harriet Miers withdrew her OWN nomination. To say otherwise is a direct accusation of the president in having a role in causing Ms. Miers to withdraw. True or untrue, this comment is irresponsible for one of the oldest and most respected (deservedly or not) lawmakers in the United States. However, it is sad to note that it isn't unexpected.

Stay tuned to the live coverage of Samuel Alito's confirmation hearings on Fox News (among other cable news stations) and let's try to keep these proceedings honest and expeditious.

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