July 21, 2005

Bush's handlers get wise, neutralize Dems on Supreme nominee

It appears from what can be known at the moment that Bush's nominee to fill the slot of Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court will likely have no problem being confirmed.

Rather than continue to act in the prediciably arrogant, in your face manner in which he has in previous nominations for various positions, Bush (Rove) instead threw a curve ball.

Bush had previously insisted on sending up confrontational nominations of blatantly extreme right wing ideologues. Even when they'd been blocked, he continued to send them back time and time again rather that proposing a conservative, but less extreme nominee.

But now he's slipped in a nominee for the big court that, while reliably conservative, appears to have no smoking gun paper trail to hang him with. Robert's resume is rock solid, and he comes across as extremely smooth and well-spoken.

The bottom line is that this was a deft stroke by Rove in that it takes the wind out of the Democratic sails. The Dems and organizations such as Move On have been gearing up for battle for months, and were totally prepared to eviscerate anyone with any "incorrect" record on abortion rights, guns, etc.

Bush wins by actually doing something rational for a change.

While Roberts is firmly in the corporate toady camp and can be expected to reliably vote against the rights of consumers and the environment in favor of corporations, as well as toeing the conservative line on social issues, the fact remains that he doesn't offer any obvious hooks which the left can hang him by.

Already my inbox contains email from MoveOn which urges me to contact my legislators to block this dangerous conservative nominee, as well as one from Ken Mehlman urging me to do the same thing (plus call in to my local talk radio show and write letters to the editor.) to ensure this sterling example of a man gets a "fair" hearing and is confirmed.

A massive ad buy by some stealth group supporting Roberts is running about every 5 minutes on CNN, making Roberts out to be saintly while urging that he be given a "fair" hearing.

My prediction? Chuck Schumer, Barbara Boxer, Dick Durbin, and others make some token noises and appear tough while questioning Roberts, and we'll have to endure the gag-worthy spew from wind-bag John Warner, but there will be no "extrordiary circumstances" found to justify a fillibuster. Roberts goes through the motions and is confirmed.

Once on the bench, Roberts toes the conservative line and votes reliably with the Scalia/Thomas/Rehnquist block of the court. And he's so young that he'll be a reliable conservative vote for decades to come.

12 Comments:

At 7/21/2005 5:57 PM, Blogger Dave said...

And that is why elections matter

 
At 7/21/2005 10:46 PM, Blogger politicalwind said...

To the victor, go the spoils.

That is a truism in American politics.

When I was out on the campaign trail for John Kerry and John Edwards, this was one of the reasons.

At some point, maybe the 60 million Democrats who didn't vote last time will wake up and realize why they should be voting.

 
At 7/22/2005 6:30 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Not only why they should be voting, but we must have someone they are excited about and will get off the couch and vote for at the polls - or we are sunk as Dems.

 
At 7/22/2005 6:41 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

I am wishing for a fillibuster Dope. We need a good rallying cry for the faithful. We need inspiration from some of our Dem Leaders in the Senate so we can see hope!! Even if the guy gets ultimately confirmed, it would be nice to have some deep discussions about him.

We know after watching CNN last night - Paula Zahn's show - that Nominee Roberts been busy propogating the planet with two small children about age 6 and 4- and he has not yet dumped the mother of his kids for a trophy wife. Not yet anyway.

Is it just me - or does his face look like he is a wooden robot? No expression and his hair looks like the hair on a Mattel Ken doll.

Kind of a plastic right wing man.

 
At 7/22/2005 9:02 AM, Blogger diehard said...

Wow Dave i actually agree with you!
Elections do matter!
This is really a smart move on the Rove administration. This guy has a pretty spotless record. It will be tough for the Dems to stop him.

 
At 7/22/2005 1:51 PM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

Instead of talk about a fillibuster, I think the Democrats need to shape their policy agenda and then start communicating it to the American people. We can't just be the party that says "no" to whatever Bush wants (although we will have to say no), but also have to be a party that communicates an agenda. Come on, policywonks, let's go to work!

 
At 7/22/2005 6:26 PM, Blogger Dave said...

Please fillibuster, this will help you communicate your policy agenda to the American people

 
At 7/23/2005 1:23 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Dave - screw you. Your party used the fillibuster to their own means when the Dems were in power and we embraced your right of expression.

Obviously you think that it's only ok for you and for no one else. In typical "do as I say not as I do" fashion the Rubs continue to try and keep the minority party down. We have a few small rights and the fillibuster is one.

How very smug of you Dave.

 
At 7/23/2005 3:52 PM, Blogger Dave said...

As I said...please, please fillibuster, you have that right and I'm encouraging you to use it.

 
At 7/23/2005 5:00 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Dave, you need to inform the guys in the highest offices of the Republican party that the minority party in the Senate has the right to fillibuster.

I believe that was put on hold for some of the recent actions there. I hope for all our sakes that someone starts it up when the next big issue is on the plate.

Dave, go back to your double wide trailer and keep on following the carrot on the stick.

 
At 7/23/2005 7:01 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Maybe.... now, now. I must strongly caution you against assuming that right-wingers live in trailer parks. This is just more evidence of the right wing complaint that we liberals are all "elitists."

Now we all know that there's nothing wrong with living in a trailer home, particularly a double-wide, though tornados do have a real fondness for them it seems.

The fact remains that while the rhetoric of the right appeals greatly to the uneducated and uninformed who are prone to unthinking patriotic spasms and easily whipped up into a frenzy by offering them a group, culture, or religion on which they can focus their inner rage at the piss-poor state of their own lives, the fact reamains that there are many otherwise intelligent people out there to whom the right wing message has a great appeal as well.

There's those testostero-repubs... those macho armchair warriors who want to "nuke 'em all" and are all for manly stuff like lots of powerful guns and fancy themselves as quite the John Waynes.

Then there's the fundy-loons, who suffer from the sort of mass-hypnosis that organized religion has always been so useful for.

Then there's the very wealthy, who observe all this from lofty perches, amused at how all the rabble fight amongst themselves over meaningless crap, so easily led and so easily mis-lead, while the right wing politicians do their every bidding, constantly changing the rules and laws always to ensure that they get more wealth, with less risk, and pay less of their share for enjoying the benefits this country gives them.

And then there's the scared shitless right winger, who sees boogy men all around him, terrists, blacks, Mexicans, strong women, smart people, etc.

And then the spineless brand of rightie. They're right wing even though they're not sure why. But all their buddies are, and the rich people are, so maybe being Republican will cause some of that rich people mojo to rub off on them.

All of these groups have things in common. All of them but the ultra-wealthy are pathetic. And each and every one of them are attracted the the Republican party because it appeals to the very worst traits of human nature. Fear, irrational fear, misdirected fear, racism, sexism, avarice, cowardliness, disdain for the poor and disregard for the well-being of others.

It's a Grand Old Party.

But it's not just for trailer dwellers. Please be fair.

 
At 7/23/2005 8:42 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Maybe.... now, now. I must strongly caution you against assuming that right-wingers live in trailer parks. This is just more evidence of the right wing complaint that we liberals are all "elitists."

Now we all know that there's nothing wrong with living in a trailer home, particularly a double-wide. (though tornados do have a real fondness for them it seems)

While the rhetoric of the right appeals greatly to the uneducated and uninformed who are prone to unthinking patriotic spasms and easily whipped up into a frenzy by offering them a group, culture, or religion on which they can focus their inner rage at the piss-poor state of their own lives, the fact remains that there are many otherwise intelligent people out there to whom the right wing message has a great appeal as well.

There's those testostero-repubs... those macho armchair warriors who want to "nuke 'em all" and are all for manly stuff like lots of powerful guns and fancy themselves as quite the John Waynes.

Then there's the fundy-loons, who suffer from the sort of mass-hypnosis that organized religion has always been so useful for.

Then there's the very wealthy, who observe all this from lofty perches, amused at how all the rabble fight amongst themselves over meaningless crap, so easily lead and so easily mis-lead, while the right wing politicians do these multi-millionaire's every bidding, constantly changing the rules and laws always to ensure that they get more wealth, with less risk, and pay less of their share for enjoying the benefits this country has given them.

And then there's the scared shitless right winger, who sees boogy men all around him, terrists, blacks, Mexicans, strong women, smart people, etc.

And then the spineless brand of rightie. They're right wing even though they're not sure why. But all their buddies are, and the rich people are, so maybe being Republican will cause some of that rich people mojo to rub off on them.

All of these groups have things in common. All of them are pathetic. And each and every one of them are attracted to the Republican party because it appeals to the very worst traits of their human nature. Greed, fear, irrational fear, misdirected fear, racism, sexism, avarice, cowardliness, selfishness, willful ignorance, disdain for the poor, and disregard for the well-being of others.

It's a Grand Old Party.

But it's not just for trailer dwellers. Please be fair.

 

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