Saturday, May 28, 2005

The "Borking" Game: Who Are The Major Players?

One of the hottest issues currently leading in the news is that of the filibustering of President Bush's judicial nominees. Now that the so-called "memorandum of understanding" has been "agreed" upon in the Senate, we are all waiting to see what happens next. Of course, with regard to John Bolton, President Bush's choice for Ambassador to the U.N., we didn't have to wait too long at all before the Democrats resumed their filibustering ways. So much for "comity" and a spirit of "cooperation" in the Senate.

Clearly, the agreement on the part of the Democrats to end their obstruction of the nominations of only three of President Bush's choices, simply postpones the inevitable showdown that is bound to occur at some future date. No doubt it will occur sooner, rather than later, either with the remaining nominations for Apellate Court judges, or when the time comes to replace one of the justices of the SCOTUS, which is really what this is all about. This backroom deal that occurred at the last moment between a handful of Democrat and Republican Senators, has not really solved anything at all.

We have seen the extent to which the Democrats have gone to prevent judges with originalist views of the U.S. Constitution from being elevated to our higher courts. For obvious reasons, they would much prefer to confirm more liberal judges, who view the Constitution of the United States as a "living document", over conservative judges, who believe that the Constitution is a static document, meant to be read exactly the way it was written by our Founding Fathers.

The reason for this, of course, is because those on the Left have, in the past, successfully used the courts to further their own liberal agenda. America, for the most part, is pretty conservative on many social issues, so it is all but impossible for liberals to pass the legislation that they would like to pass by going through conventional means, i.e., by introducing and passing bills through the House of Representatives and the Senate. So what they do instead, is get liberal judges appointed so that they can literally legislate from the bench, and so entirely circumvent the tedious hassle of lawmaking. Sad thing is, this practice has worked for the Democrats for a very long time now, and because of that, it will not be all that easy to end it.

But that is not really the issue that I intended to address here in any great depth. I wanted to make some noise and sound a warning about a different aspect of the judicial nomination process, specifically the abusive personal attacks that the Democrats have been making against judicial nominees who do not hold the same views as they do. I also want to shed some light on the questionable means they use to collect personal and private information on these individuals.

I recently came across two very interesting articles concerning the Left's efforts to shoot down the nominations of conservative judges, and I think it's very important to expose exactly who these people are who are at the bottom of this effort. There is a full-fledged attempt going on to smear these decent and respected conservative judges, and to drag them through lengthy, nasty and contentious hearings before the Judicial Committee until they cannot take anymore, as with what occurred with the nomination of Miguel Estrada. His long ordeal at the hands of Senate Democrats ended with him withdrawing his name from consideration. This unfair treatment of nominees is just plain wrong, and really must be stopped before it results in our Judiciary losing even one more highly qualified judge.

Unfortunately, this is a strategy that has been successfully used by Democrats in the past, and now it's important to understand who is behind it. It will probably be no surprise to most of you who follow politics to hear that anti-American activists such as George Soros (who sponsors Community Rights Counsel) and radical lobbyists such as NARAL Pro-choice America (National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League) are behind these campaigns to de-rail conservative judges. They hire private investigators and political consultants to conduct negative research on any and all conservative nominees who might possibly be considered by President Bush for positions on our higher courts, and they feed this information back to the Democrat leadership so they can use it against them to block their confirmation.

But, rather than my going on and on about this, I would strongly suggest that you read the following two very enlightening articles which explain exactly how this is being done. I think it's very important to expose these tactics before the Democrats succeed in "Borking" the next round of extremely qualified and principled conservative judges with these unreasonable, vicious attacks against them. Here are the links to both articles:

Rigging the Borking Game by Jeffrey Lord


Probing the Judges by Robert Novak