Holy cow, they’re so desperate! If you didn’t think until today that Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito is clearly a shoo-in for Senate confirmation, you will after you read some of the pathetic tactics our liberal friends are mustering in the hopes of beating him down at the hearings:

1. “Freedom Winter”

This is the brainchild of the National Organization for Women and the Fund for a Feminist Majority:

“In 1964, thousands of students from across the country traveled to Mississippi and other Southern states to register and mobilize African American voters in unprecedented numbers. It was the famous 1964 Freedom Summer of the Civil Rights Movement that focused the nation’s attention on the injustices of racial bigotry and hatred.”

So, some 47 year later, the feministas are hoping to call up the spirit of ’64 by rallying the student troops in Washington for “Freedom Winter” during these confirmation weeks. Again the issue will be hatred–hatred of Samuel Alito:

“We are recruiting emergency activists to come to Washington DC from January 3, 2006 to January 20, 2006, or anytime in between. Be a part of history and join the Freedom Activists from around the country.”

Only problem: School’s in session right now, so not too many of those “thousands of students” seem to have actually ditched class to make the trek. Check out these photos posted on the Freedom Winter website–seems you can count ’em on the fingers of two hands. And don’t some of the “co-eds” look at bit long in the tooth? When was the last time Ellie Smeal was in college?

2. Guilt by Association

Alito once belonged to a now-defunct alumni group called Concerned Alumni of Princeton that opposed affirmative action and the banning of ROTC from campus. In ’82 the now-deceased editor of the CAP magazine, one Frederick Foote, penned an article declaring that blacks are less intelligent than whites The Dems plan to use, use, use it. Here’s the report from Drudge:

“One Democrat Hill staffer involved in their strategy declared, ‘Put a fork in Scalito. It doesn’t matter that Alito didn’t write it, it doesn’t matter that Alito wasn’t that active in the group, Foote wrote it in CAP’s magazine and we are going to make Alito own it.'”

3. Chicken Holocaust Man

Well, maybe the Dems won’t be trying to make Alito own that CAP magazine article after all. The star of the official Dem witness list, environmental activist Stephen R. Dujack, Princeton ’76, just got bounced after someone unearthed this op-ed piece he’d written for the Los Angeles Times in 2003 (thanks, Stop the ACLU):

“Like the victims of the Holocaust, animals are rounded up, trucked hundreds of miles to the kill floor and slaughtered. Comparisons to the Holocaust are not only appropriate but inescapable because, whether we wish to admit it or not, cows, chickens, pigs and turkeys are as capable of feeling loneliness, fear, pain, joy and affection as we are. To those who defend the modern-day holocaust on animals by saying that animals are slaughtered for food and give us sustenance, I ask: If the victims of the Holocaust had been eaten, would that have justified the abuse and murder? Did the fact that lampshades, soaps and other ‘useful’ products were made from their bodies excuse the Holocaust? No. Pain is pain.”

Guess the idea of comparing millions of murdered Jews to chickens proved too much even for Senate Democratic staffers.

4. “Senator” Bernie Sanders

Hysterical American Prospect co-editor Robert Kuttner loses it in this Boston Globe column titled “Alito May Be the Worst Choice” (thanks, NewsAlert via Instapundit):

“Blocking Alito would take a filibuster supported by at least 41 senators. Though the Democrats have 45 senators (counting independent Bernie Sanders), the Senate Democratic leadership frets that a filibuster would divert attention from other Republican woes, might make Democrats look obstructionist, and might lead Republicans to use the so-called ”nuclear option,’ abolishing filibusters on judicial nominations.”

‘Nuff said.

5. Weird TV Ads

Watch an actor playing Alito get poked in the left eye in this bizarre commercial made by MoveOn.org. There must be some symbolism at work here–but shouldn’t it be the right eye?

So what do you think, dear readers? Confirmation–or not? Filibuster–or not? I predict he gets in on the first vote.