Moral Contradictions

Sunday, July 03, 2005

SCOTUS - Insomniac insight

Forgive me, as I can't sleep, if this analysis just doesn't make sense.

I often defer to Charging RINO to keep me abreast of the latest in Beltway goings-ons and centrists' responses. I usually agree with his insight and comments... So I'll refer readers there for the latest on the Supreme Court nomination to replace the moderate (pragmatic, reasonable, common-sense... pick your favorite adjective) Sandra Day-O'Connor.

His latest post details how groups have lined up to see that their agenda is advanced with their pick for the Court. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales apparently would tick a lot of conservatives off:

- A 'conservative delegation' led by C. Boyden Gray and former A.G. Edwin Meese met with Bush chief of staff Andy Card "to warn that appointing Mr. Gonzales would splinter conservative support."...

- ...The Free Congress Foundation's Paul Weyrich said he told Administration officials that nominating Gonzales would cause a rift among conservative groups, with some opposing the appointment outright while "others like the Southern Baptists and myself would simply not help."...

- ...Tom Minnery of Focus on the Family (Dobson's minions) said of the Attorney General "We would oppose him because we don't believe he has a philosophy that we can determine. We are not enthused. He is someone who is apparently still developing his philosophy, and that's not good enough."...


That's only a snippet of the opposition detailed there. As an aside, something tells me that Southern Baptists should go back to working for God's Kingdom on a personal basis instead of focusing on adjucation and salvation by the government. The early church rapidly grew by subverting the theocratical and Pharisee-dominated government of their time (not to mention the imperial Roman government). Maybe the SBC can improve its lagging numbers by funneling all that money away from DC and to people looking for Christ? Agree or disagree, but God works through the Holy Spirit... I wouldn't count on Capitol Hill to bring about His Kingdom...

Back to the issue at hand... I do agree with this analysis where conservatives are hoping to cash in for their dedication and hard-work:

The conspiracy-minded among us might see all these statements from conservatives as a brilliant Rovian scheme to sneak Gonzales onto the Court as a 'centrist' when he is anything but. I don't think it's cooked up; I think the social fundamentalists really do view this moment as their chit, to be cashed in for a Scalia-mold jurist after years of supporting this president and his policies. Politically, that mattered very much to Bush prior to the 2004 election, but he will never need their votes again - will that free him to make a choice based on his own priorities, or does he too feel he still owes the right wing their pound of flesh?


Seeing as President Bush's sops to the fundies have hurt him rather than helped, it'll be a tough one to call. I'm sticking with my theory...

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