In a release filled with clichés about how horrible, no good and very bad Judge Samuel Alito is, Eleanor (Eldie) D. Acheson, Director, Public Policy and Government Affairs at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) announced her organization’s opposition to the nomination of this good man to the Supreme Court of the United States. Other national gay organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) have joined NGLTF in opposition.
In a joint statement (which I received via e-mail,but have not yet been able to find on the web), these groups said, “A nominee to the Court bears the burden of demonstrating that he or she is committed to rigorously enforcing the principles of equal protection and due process.” It he bears such a burden, shouldn’t they give him a chance to demonstrate that commitment in public hearings?
Perhaps because of criticism these groups received for similarly coming out against then-Judge, now Chief Justice, John Roberts before his confirmation hearings, they anticipate the charge that they’re rushing to judgment, “Mere assurances before or during a hearing are not enough.” Given that some of the statements Acheson uses against him are over twenty years old, it would seem fair to ask Judge Alito if his views have changed at all. But, these groups aren’t concerned with fairness when it comes to evaluating the record of a Republican judicial nominee.
What is striking about both releases (the NGLTF statement and the joint release which NGLTF e-mailed to its list) is their similarity to these groups’ statement opposing the confirmation of John Roberts. They dwell less on his views on gay issues than on issues of concern to liberal organizations. And are more filled with angry left-wing rhetoric than a sober evaluation of the good judge’s record.
Showing allegiance to his previous employer, HRC President Joe Solmonese shares his “allies’ concerns about his [Alito’s] record on reproductive choice.” NCLR’s Kate Kendell and NGLTF’s Matt Foreman also bring up abortion as one of their reasons to oppose Alito. As with their opposition to John Roberts, these groups have shown that they are really just the gay and lesbian adjuncts of a much broader left-wing movement. I hope this helps Log Cabin see why so many Republicans are troubled that this supposedly Republican group considers it a firing offense for its staffers to “speak ill” of such groups.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com