This headline is pretty hacktacular even for Drudge:
The headline states:
“ALITO WIFE LEAVES HEARING IN TEARS AFTER DEM ATTACK” and links to this Drudge write-up:
Judge Samuel A. Alito’s wife Martha left the confirmation hearing room in tears this evening, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) apologized to the Judge’s family for the behavior of his fellow committee members during the course of the last three days.
Sen. Graham said: “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.”
Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have attacked Judge Samuel A. Alito over his membership in Concerned Alumni of Princeton and his involvement in the Vanguard case.
One senior Republican in the hearing room said of the situation: “After three full days of attacks against her husband’s character, Mrs. Alito had enough. Democrat behavior during this hearing has not only been wrong, it’s been embarrassing. Ted Kennedy is nothing but a bully.”
I don’t like Kennedy. At all. I think Schumer is a grandstanding fool and a pompous ass. I think Patrick Leahy is as partisan as they get, and not to be trusted. But only the most patently dishonest person on the planet would claim that Mrs. Alito left after a Democratic attack. She left after REPUBLICAN Sen. Lindsey Graham was basically praising Alito, defending him and reciting some of the things that have been said about Alito.
But it was not a withering attack from Democrats which unsettled Mrs. Alito. Not at all.
I am so sick and tired of everyone just lying about every-damned-thing.
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Yes, I understand that the events of the day may have finally taken their toll on Mrs. Alito. But she did not break down after a withering attack- she started crying during Sen. Graham’s defense of her husband. Drudge is simply lying.
And that Drudge picture of Feinstein is, to my recollection, out of place. Feinstein, to my knowledge, never raised her voice, was the model of politeness, and even praised Alito for his equanimity. Did she ask some feisty questions? Yes. Did she ask (IMHO) some dumb questions? yes. But she was never vicious or mean that I remember. I did not see all of the testimony, but from what I did see, she was perfectly well-behaved.
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The NY Times describes how events occurred:
On Wednesday, more than eight hours after the hearing was called to order, Mrs. Alito began to weep when a supportive senator, Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, was questioning her husband, who was seated a few feet in front of her.
Mr. Graham was making the point that criticisms of Judge Alito’s integrity were unfair, and he chose to do so by posing mock-accusatory questions intended to demonstrate how implausible the claims were.
Judge Alito had explained his failure to recuse himself from a case involving a mutual fund in which he had an interest because of an oversight and said that the issue was of no consequence to his holdings.
“I am baffled as to why you would make a conscious decision in this situation not to recuse yourself,” Mr. Graham demanded. “Do you have an explanation?”
“There’s no reason why I would make such a conscious decision,” Judge Alito replied. “I had nothing whatsoever to gain by participating in this case, and nobody has suggested that I did.”
When Mr. Graham asked him in the same fashion, “Are you really a closet bigot?” – because of his membership in a Princeton alumni group that opposed the university’s affirmative action program – Judge Alito said he was “not any kind of bigot,” to which Mr. Graham agreed.
At that point, Mrs. Alito began to sniffle audibly. She hurried to a corner of the hearing room, then went into an anteroom, where she sobbed for a few minutes. She later returned to the hearing room.
That is how I saw it unfold, too.
A response to the Opinion Journal and Wizbangblog here.