Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) slammed the arrogance and patronization that has been alive and well at Judge Samuel Alito’s confirmaton hearings. Watch the video here at The Political Teen.
Graham was a Senator for who I had high hopes, and even though I’ve been disappointed with him (especially on the “Gang of 14” sell out), he was absolutely right on today with his rebuke during the hearings.
Here’s a transcript of Graham’s statement:
GRAHAM: …Are you really a closet bigot?
ALITO: I’m not any kind of a bigot, I’m not.
GRAHAM: No, sir, you’re not. And you know why I believe that? Not because you just said it — but that’s a good enough reason, because you seem to be a decent, honorable man. I have got reams of quotes from people who have worked with you, African American judges — I’ve lost my quotes.
Judge Higginbotham — I don’t know where they’re at. But glowing quotes about who you are, the way you’ve lived your life; law clerks, men and women, black and white, your colleagues who say that Sam Alito, whether I agree with him or not, is a really good man.
You know why I believe you when you say that you disavow those quotes? Because the way you have lived your life and the way you and your wife are raising your children.
Let me tell you this: Guilt by association is going to drive good men and women away from wanting to sit where you’re sitting. And we’re going to go through a bit of this ourselves as congressmen and senators.
People are going to take a fact that we got a campaign donation from somebody who’s found out to be a little different than we thought they were — and our political opponent’s going to say, “Aha, I got you!”
And we’re going to say, “Wait a minute. I didn’t know that. I didn’t take the money for that reason.”
And you know what? I’m going to believe these senators and congressmen for the most part, because that’s the way we do our business. We meet people here every day. We have photos taken with people — and sometimes you wish you didn’t have your photo taken.
But that doesn’t mean that you’re a bad person because of that association.
Judge Alito, I am sorry that you’ve had to go through this. I am sorry that your family has had to sit here and listen to this.
Hat tip: Michelle Malkin
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