The Left's Anti-Alito Campaign Is in the Works

Supreme Court nominee Sam Alito is not guaranteed an easy confirmation and will likely face a barrage of negative TV ads prior to his confirmation hearings next month, senior Senate sources warned today.

Alito has thus far received less negative media attention than Chief Justice John Roberts had during his confirmation process, but sources said that is likely to change. Now that all of Alito’s documents have been released, liberals have the ammunition at their fingertips.

How they’ll use it and what they’ll spend to attack Alito is unknown. The American Spectator’s Washington Prowler reported Monday that the staff of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) is closely involved in planning the Alito attack.

Last week, liberal organizations People For the American Way, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the National Organization for Women, Alliance for Justice, and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights briefed reporters on their anti-Alito plans, the Prowler reported. Reid secured a room in the Hart Senate Office Building for the pen-and-pad briefing, which excluded TV cameras and journalists who weren’t invited. Staffers from the offices of Sens. Dick Durbin (D.-Ill.), Teddy Kennedy (D.-Mass.) and Joe Biden (D.-Del.) were also in attendance.

From the Prowler: “There wasn’t much to the briefing, beyond an overall message that Alito was doomed to failure because of documents — beyond the recently released 1985 job application and memo to the solicitor general — that were surely still to be made public confirming what the left believes is a hardened position to overturn abortion, as well as civil rights law. Much of the hysteria is built around the Alito’s writing as a Reagan Administration staffer back in the mid-1980s.”

Conservatives need to remember what Third Branch Conference Chairman Manuel Miranda has been saying since the Roberts nomination: Clarence Thomas didn’t run into trouble until the 41st day after President George H.W. Bush nominated him in 1991. Today is Day 38 for Alito.