After reading these appalling and beyond immature and just plain mean sentiments regarding Sam Alito’s wife, I find myself wondering -what sorts of people are these who cannot understand a most comprehensible situation? They see Mrs. Alito crying and assign motives of manipulation to it or suggest she is fragile and unstable.
Well, if you are so detatched from humanity that you must assign either political motivation or inferiority to a simple, human and not inappropriate emotion, then I just feel sorry for you, because there is something missing, or broken, inside.
Ann Althouse understands what brought the tears and any man or woman who has forced themselves to remain composed through a terrible ordeal, only to collapse when finally offered a bit of kindness should understand it, as well. That someone can live their whole life never experiencing such a situation suggests their lives have either been very lucky, or lived in protected bubbles, or have been so wretched that they have cut off all emotion and understanding as a survival technique.
I understand why Mrs. Alito cried, too. I have done precisely the same thing, once.
No one who knows me would call me a fainting vapor. I may be shy, but shyness does not mean non-confrontational. I have a temper and a mind of my own, and I am no “stepford” wife, by any stretch of the imagination. I am simply, like Martha Ann Bomgardner, a middle-class woman with middle-class sensibilities and a sense of justice. I can handle someone being tough toward me, or toward someone I love, and completely maintain my composure while enduring it…but when someone finally offers a kind word…well…then touched by the kindness, and full of gratitude, the eyes will well and the composure will flee.
After watching her husband, whom she presumably loves, being treated with rudeness by people who would never tolerate being treated with the disdain to which they subjected him, after two days spent watching an attempt to assassinate his character, Mrs. Alito was weary, and tense, and when Sen. Graham offered her husband some respite, and an apology, the woman was – quite properly – touched and moved.
It’s called being human. Adolescents might not understand that. Nor automatons.
Thomas Lifson understands it, too.
All of us who love, who have watched our loved ones under duress, and who have received support understand Martha-Ann Bomgardner, even if the subtleties of the theory of the unitary executive and stare decisis elude us.
The network news honchos, for all their liberal bias, know that “If it bleeds it leads,” and in this case, “If it cries, it flies.”
The Judiciary Committee Democrats have disgraced themselves.
The Associated Press, once esteemed for its even-handed reporting, put out a dispatch which implied that Senator Graham was the one who abused the judge, triggering the outburst. That the AP would attempt such a violation of common sense betrays the desperation of the media branch of the Democratic Party. It won’t fly because it does not ring true to common experience.
Michelle Malkin has a roundup of terrific links.