Not So Fast

No doubt about it: I am a cynic among cynics, even amidst the rarified cynicism of the Reform Club atmosphere. Nonetheless, the argument that the Dem memo on Alito and the Mob implies only ineffectiveness on the part of Alito the prosecutor, and not friendliness toward those Italians whose professional pursuits are encased in euphemism is—how can I say this gently?—a lot of blarney. Why even discuss such an issue if “competence” is the focus; except for the Chief Justice (and even for him a minor matter), administrative skills are far below sea level on the importance priority list for Court Justices. No, it is obvious that the central purpose of this memo was to imply a certain degree of corruption on the part of Alito, a corruption perhaps tribal rather than financial in its orientation. That this could not be said directly also is obvious, but what is equally true is that the intellectual corruption of the Democratic Left is so consuming that the adverse political effects of such amateurish “arguments” remain obscured by the Pavlovian impulse to sling mud. And so please forgive me, but I stand by my earlier argument to the effect that this memo was a (draft) attempt to shower wet manure on Alito; that it was dumb and certain to backfire implies stupidity rather than an absence of malice.
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6 thoughts on “Not So Fast

  1. “Why even discuss such an issue if “competence” is the focus; except for the Chief Justice (and even for him a minor matter), administrative skills are far below sea level on the importance priority list for Court Justices”

    How do “administrative” skills enter into it? He was a prosecutor who couldn’t make his case in a big name trial that speaks directly to competence, now doesn’t it?

    “No, it is obvious that the central purpose of this memo was to imply a certain degree of corruption on the part of Alito,”

    It’s possible but hardly certain as you claim.

    “And so please forgive me, but I stand by my earlier argument to the effect that this memo was a (draft) attempt to shower wet manure on Alito;”

    How exactly can a memo meant for internal research and not made to be distributed “shower wet manure” on him? Do you really think the dems are so crafty that they write smear memos for the republicans to steal and broadcast?

  2. Tlaloc said………Do you really think the dems are so crafty that they write smear memos for the republicans to steal and broadcast? < <<
    This is funny but not really too far off the mark. In actuality, the Dems are not crafty; rather they are careless and sloppy. Sordid internal strategy sessions such as this have always been commonplace – among all political parties in or out of power. Remember the Miguel Estrada kerfuffle where some Republican staffers managed to raid Democrat senators’ (Rockefeller et al) waste baskets and found notes about the Dems’ strategy to discredit Estrada on ethnic grounds? Nothing came of this, of course, as the Dems with the assistance of their LMSM counterparts managed to turn this into a question of how DARE the Repubs snoop in “private” papers (in a public trash bin) rather than the underlying racial bigotry of certain “tolerant” and “enlightened” (because they’re liberal) Dem senators.

    A pox on all politicians.

  3. One thing I’ve never understood about this case or Estrada…why do the Republicans pre-empt stupidity on the part of the Democrats?

    I thought the first rule of politics was that if the other guy was trying to commit suicide, get out of the way.

  4. Dr. Zycher, I hope you don’t take this as rude, because it’s not intended to be such: I really don’t see how a reading of the memo can lead to such a conclusion without personal projection of desire and ill-will on your part. There are plenty of dishonest characterizations of Alito’s record – particularly on abortion – coming from the Left. I would recommend focusing on those; the above post appears completely out to lunch.

  5. “This is funny but not really too far off the mark. In actuality, the Dems are not crafty; rather they are careless and sloppy.”

    No argument here. But that undercuts Zycher’s insistence that this was somehow definitively an attempt to smear Alito.

    Look at it this way we can argue whether the intent of the passage is to play up incompetence or to paint a racist picture of Italians as all made men. Arguments can be made either way. What we can’t do is claim that this was something the democrats published. It wasn’t.

    It’s no different than reading a draft of a speech for bush and claiming that everything in it is what Bush feels. Well no, that’s why it’s a draft, it has to be vetted and screened. For all we know that passage even if racist was one tool’s private fantasy about italian amaericans after watching too many Soprano episodes and would have been deleted by the next (or first) reviewer.

    Either way you can’t really claim it represents an attempt by the democrats as a whole to smear Alito ethnically.

    Capice?

  6. we can argue whether the intent of the passage is to play up incompetence or to paint a racist picture of Italians as all made men. Arguments can be made either way.

    I’ve gone back and forth on this. When I read the whole memo, my inclination was that the ethnic slur charges were overdone, but now I think it’s impossible to evaluate the impact of such statements without considering the subtext of Mob prosecutions in the Northeast over the past thirty years. This claim isn’t made in isolation, it’s a member of an entire set of federal prosecutions of the mob and accusations of Mafia political influence peddling that has a long history.

    Capice?

    Even a mobster has better manners than that, when addressing a group of non-intimates. Try capite? (or even capiscono?, although that’s over-the-top formality) next time, or at least ask “Possiamo darci del voi?”

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