The Left on the last play of its playbook
In a July 3rd article, Washington Post writer Mike Allen wrote, “Democrats signaled that whoever the nominee is, their three likely lines of attack will be to assert the White House did not consult them sufficiently, then paint the nominee as ideologically extreme and finally assert that the Senate had not received sufficient documents about the candidate.” The Left’s playbook made it clear that Senate Democrats should “…not publicly prejudge the nominee.”
President Bush consulted extensively with Democrats, effectively demolishing their first line of attack.
The Left has found little to paint Judge Roberts as an “ideologically extreme” nominee. The nominee’s gold-plated resume and high-praise from attorneys from across the political spectrum have destroyed this line of attack.
So, the Left is left with attacking a qualified and competent jurist by attacking the secrecy of papers from his days as Principal Deputy Solicitor General. This effort is opposed by all living former Solicitors General for fear that it would destroy the ability of the Solicitors Generals Office to give candid legal advice. This desperate, politically-motivated demand by the Left shows the predictable techniques they employ in their slash and burn campaign of stopping the President’s nominees at all cost.
The Left has no ammunition, so they are making demands that they know historically and legally repugnant demands. The Left’s playbook is one of obstruction and not of cooperation.
Americans for Tax Reform has called on the Senate to meet its constitutional obligation and ensure a speedy confirmation process with an up or down vote on all judicial nominees.