NYT: Cornyn Caused Dems to Pull Witness

The New York Times today gives credit where credit is due.

Following yesterday’s disclosure by an aide to Sen. John Cornyn (R.-Tex.) about an op-ed written by Stephen Dujack that compared farm animals to Holocaust victims, Democrats pulled Dujack as a witness for Samuel Alito’s confirmation hearings. Dujack was scheduled to testify against Alito for his association with Concerned Alumni of Princeton.

Here’s an excerpt from the Times’ article:

“Also on Friday, Democrats canceled one of their witnesses, Stephen R. Dujack, a journalist who has criticized a conservative Princeton alumni group to which Judge Alito once belonged. The cancellation came after members of the staff of Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, distributed a Dujack column that compared eating meat to the Holocaust.”

Although Judiciary Committee Democrats would never admit the Cornyn communiqué had anything to do with Dujack’s cancellation, the New York Times is correct in giving credit to Cornyn’s staff.

UPDATE — 12:35 p.m.: Another good read today is Stephen Dinan’s article in the Washington Times about the Democrats’ decision to pull Stephen Dujack as a witness opposed to Alito.

According to Dinan’s article, a spokesman for Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.), ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, wouldn’t comment about Dujack’s cancellation.

However, in a written statement to the Washington Times, Dujack offers his take:

"I hope to bring to the attention of the Judiciary Committee the disturbing conclusions we can draw about Judge Alito’s character by his association with Concerned Alumni of Princeton in written testimony, which I will still submit," he said.

Dinan quotes from the Los Angeles Times op-ed, which in all likelihood resulted in the Democrats’ decision to pull him as a witness.

Here’s an excerpt of that piece:

"To those who defend the modern-day holocaust of animals by saying that animals are slaughtered for food, and give us sustenance, I remind them, the Nazis used slave labor and made ‘useful products’ of their victims," he wrote in the Los Angeles Times on April 16, 2003.

"There is only one little step from killing animals to creating gas chambers a la Hitler and concentration camps a la Stalin," he wrote.