When Associations with 'Extremists' Matter to Dems (And When They Don't)

When Judge Alito was being considered for the Supreme Court Senator Kennedy expressed concern that Judge Alito might have had some association with a group called CAP (Concerned Alumni of Princeton) which fought increasing minority enrollment. Any association with such an "extremist" outfit, Kennedy argued would disqualify Alito.  Here he tells us what questions need to be answered.  The first two are quite specific :

- Was Judge Alito a member of or contributor to CAP, a participant in any of its meetings or on its mailing list, (1) in 1973, when Senator Bradley's resignation letter was published in Prospect; (2) in 1974, when the controversy was first aired in the New York Times; (3) in 1977, when a lengthy article on CAP appeared in the New Yorker; or (4) in 1986 when the debate over CAP continued in the pages of the Alumni Weekly?

- What was the exact nature of Judge Alito's participation in CAP and his contacts or correspondence with its officers and staff during the years 1972-87? - Judge Alito lists other Princeton alumni activities in his 1990 and 2005 Committee forms, indicating that he has remained an active and interested alumnus throughout the relevant period. Did he ever personally express a view either publicly or privately on the CAP controversy or the positions advocated by CAP, as many alumni did?


Today, of course, we are being asked to ignore Obama's at least 13 year association with Bill Ayers, unrepentant domestic terrorist and nail bomb designer.Will Kennedy or any other Democrat  join us in demanding Obama answer similar questions about his association with Ayers? Is it only important that we really vet candidates for the Supreme Court, not Presidential candidates.

h/t :Elliott Wainwright
When Judge Alito was being considered for the Supreme Court Senator Kennedy expressed concern that Judge Alito might have had some association with a group called CAP (Concerned Alumni of Princeton) which fought increasing minority enrollment. Any association with such an "extremist" outfit, Kennedy argued would disqualify Alito.  Here he tells us what questions need to be answered.  The first two are quite specific :

- Was Judge Alito a member of or contributor to CAP, a participant in any of its meetings or on its mailing list, (1) in 1973, when Senator Bradley's resignation letter was published in Prospect; (2) in 1974, when the controversy was first aired in the New York Times; (3) in 1977, when a lengthy article on CAP appeared in the New Yorker; or (4) in 1986 when the debate over CAP continued in the pages of the Alumni Weekly?

- What was the exact nature of Judge Alito's participation in CAP and his contacts or correspondence with its officers and staff during the years 1972-87? - Judge Alito lists other Princeton alumni activities in his 1990 and 2005 Committee forms, indicating that he has remained an active and interested alumnus throughout the relevant period. Did he ever personally express a view either publicly or privately on the CAP controversy or the positions advocated by CAP, as many alumni did?


Today, of course, we are being asked to ignore Obama's at least 13 year association with Bill Ayers, unrepentant domestic terrorist and nail bomb designer.Will Kennedy or any other Democrat  join us in demanding Obama answer similar questions about his association with Ayers? Is it only important that we really vet candidates for the Supreme Court, not Presidential candidates.

h/t :Elliott Wainwright