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Capping CAP, Al Capone’s Safe, and The Further Ruin of Teddy

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In a two minute summary of the results of the overnight examination of the CAP papers, Chairman Specter again exposes the Roy Cohn-meets-Emmett Kelly Ted Kennedy as a buffoon.

Kennedy’s demand for an examination of the CAP papers, which he and his crackerjack staff no doubt never expected to be granted without a subpoena and which he and his crackerjack staff no doubt intended to use as an excuse for delay, was not only quickly undercut by Bill Rusher’s consent, but also boomeranged as the results of the overnight examination will kill the CAP conversation dead. It is the Judiciary Committee equivalent of the 1986 televised opening Al Capone’s safe, and has done for the Dems who have howled about CAP what that episode did for Geraldo.

Or at least it should. No doubt CAP speculation will carry on in the fever swamp –I am waiting to see the first Koskid poster who suggests the papers were “cleansed”– and we should keep track of those Democrats who bring up CAP in the floor debate (I am betting Boxer) as a sure sign of late stage Moore Disease.

But what it ought to bring home to the left is the sheer ineptness of their senators, who spent so much of their television time chasing this chimera rather than attempting to build a serious argument against Judge Alito based on ideology. This has been Professor Chemerinsky’s complaint on my show for the past three days, and that leader of the left in the legal academy understands very well that the Democrats failed to lay a glove on Alito, and in the process appeared as light weights, injuring their own cause rather than in any way discrediting Judge Alito.

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