Right-wing Threatens Kennedy, Biden, over Alito
by Matt Stoller, Sun Dec 11, 2005 at 03:39:06 PM EST
The GOP team working with the White House to win confirmation of conservative Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito is putting out a warning to Alito's Democratic critics: Question his ethics and character at your own peril. In their sights: Sens. Edward Kennedy and Joe Biden. "We're absolutely prepared to have an ethics debate with Teddy Kennedy," says one insider who mentioned the "C" word: Chappaquiddick. "Questioning Alito's credibility and character will be hit back hard," said one of the Alito supporters.
I wonder how Alito feels about this. Does he believe in threatening Senators for votes? How about Bush? Or any Republican Senator? Do Republicans believe that threatening to accuse Democratic Senators of ethics problems is a legitimate political subject when trying to pick the next Justice of the Supreme Court?
I'd like to see Republicans try and evade the responsibility of issuing this naked threat. And I'd like some reporting on this smear tactic, since they are being so public about it.