In One Eye

Saturday, July 09, 2005
E.J. Dionne, Jr. this morning pretty much explains the strategy of the Bushies in the upcoming fight (Dionne's word) for the Supreme Court justice nomination.
[T]he White House is telling its right-wing allies to shut up [because b]y being so vocal, the conservative groups are making clear what the administration would like to obscure: that this is a political and philosophical choice. We are deciding whether one ideological orientation will hold sway over all three branches of the federal government.

That means that the most important questions for senators to ask a nominee have to do with his or her philosophy. It is preposterous to rule such questions out of bounds ...

[A] planning document for Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee ... urged its side to avoid disclosing the "personal political views or legal thinking on any issue" of Bush's prospective nominee. The idea, as the story put it, was "to focus on qualifications rather than specific issues."

In other words, to win an ideological fight and take control of "all levers of the federal government," Republicans will insist that the battle has nothing to do with either power or ideology.
In yet other words, it's another decision that the Bushies hope to make under the cover of darkness.

As Dionne points out, "Today's Republican majority, based on Bush's 50.7 percent of the vote in 2004, has no inherent right to exercise near-total control over [the] 'most powerful branch' [of government]."

Meanwhile, the Democrats put out namby-pamby statements hoping for "Bush to abandon the divisive and unpopular choices he has made during his second term and bring the country together with a fair-minded nominee who will fight to protect the rights of all Americans."

Thank you, sir. May I have another? What a bunch of eunuchs.