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The New York Times Slimes Judge Pickering

Sunday, 24 February 2002 12:00 AM

The smears contained in a nasty thirty-odd page memo circulated by the Norman Lear-inspired radical group contain no hard facts, merely slurs and outright lies. For a comprehensive examination, see Byron York’s recent article

The Times uses these very same "claims” as justification for its blatantly partisan opposition to Judge Pickering on the basis, essentially, that he is a conservative.

New York’s senior senator, Charles "Chuckie the Cheese” Schumer, first staked out the outrageous ground last year that politics was a legitimate reason to reject a judicial nominee, to virtual shrieks of joy by the left and their supporters in the mainstream media.

Can you imagine if a republican senator had made the same statement? He would have been in the cross hairs of the left in a heartbeat.

But not media darling Schumer! Of course not, he shares their leftist agenda.

This is just one more instance demonstrating that the left cares not about right and wrong, but only for "winning” the political game of accumulating power in government.

They are obviously afraid that judges appointed by a republican president would damage their agenda for years to come.

And what about the reputation of a distinguished jurist?

To heck with it, they say, this is war after all!

So the Times and its cohorts have no problem waving the

Judge Pickering even came forward as a witness to testify against the Grand Wizard of the KKK, and lost his re-election as a local prosecutor as a result. But he placed his honor above his own political future.

Honor is a trait not shared with the judge by the savagely partisan editorial writers at the New York Times.

Understanding the constitution is another area where they fall short.

A president has the constitutional prerogative to nominate qualified people of his choosing, and who reflect his general philosophy of government, to positions of responsibility on the federal bench and in high office throughout his administration.

The senate’s constitutional role of giving its advice and consent was never intended as a means of imposing its own political stamp of approval on those nominees.

The senate should act expeditiously to fill the growing number of vacancies on the federal bench.

It should begin with the confirmation of Judge Charles Pickering.

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Dan Frisa represented New York in the United States Congress and served four terms in the New York State Assembly. E-mail Dan:

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