Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Just For The Sake of Argument...

Let's say you have a candidate for the Supreme Court, whose history and political leanings are largely unknown, but suspected to be somewhere to the right of Genghis Khan.

Let's say you've picked this guy specificaly because of his lack of a paper trail. You think you've got a Thomas or Scalia-style judge--not activist, maybe, but hopefully retroactivist.

Now, how to get him through the Senate unscathed?

What if you took one of your foam-flecked commentators to task for an anti-aborton slugline? What if you got some of your mouthpieces to spout off about how this guy is NOT serious enough about a hot-button issue like abortion?

Think about it...get a few of the pundits who've said for the past five years that they've sniffed the president's shit and by golly he's right it DOESNT stink to start bitching about how this guy's not conservative enough? How would that play? Especially when Democratic Senators start asking serious questions to this guy?

Do you think those pundits would then say something along the lines of "I don't know what these Dems want...this guy's not really a Conservative! He's far too left-leaning!" How would that play in the court of public opinion, where most of the jurors are only half listening anyhow?

Henry Kissenger once said about his time as Secretary of State: "This job's cured my paranoia--now I know people are out to get me."

Am I just being too burned-out and paranoid here?

Hey, I'm just asking. That's all.

Karl? Karl who?


Addendum: The ever-readable Molly Ivins has a most excellent column on Mr. Roberts, here


Blogger Jessica said...


9:05 PM, July 28, 2005  
Blogger Cranky Yankee said...

That's exactly what they did here. This guy is a shrubist right down the line. I still say the dems should just go along and quickly and quietly confirm this guy. Does anyone think they were going to nominate anyone less conservative? Be real.

With that said, I think to a certain extent shrubco did sell out the right to politics. He played the judicial activism/anti-choice card during the election and they voted for him expecting more. Mullah Dobson said so. Yes, this guy is most likely against choice, but the fire breathers on the religious right wanted someone of their ilk. They wanted shrubco to nominate someone that would be like a blow horn, "FUCK YOU" to the pro-choice half of the country. They didn't get that. They got typical shrubco chickenshit based politcs. The anti-choice people should be pissed.

The democrats should play this smart. Let the guys that are not up for election next year or are in no danger of loosing their seat make some noise, but everyone else just go along and confirm him. Take the wedge away.

6:44 AM, August 02, 2005  

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