10/08/2005

Daily Kos: Rove's secret meeting with Dobson on Miers :

Kossack Troutfishing asks: "what to think about the Miers nomination itself ? Is it a terrible politcal blunder ? Or is it a Rovian play ?" -- law

Rove's secret meeting with Dobson on Miers : UPDATED
by Troutfishing
Fri Oct 7th, 2005 at 18:50:41 CDT

UPDATE : There is general consensus on this post, with a few dissenting opinions, that Miers will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade if her nomination is confirmed. Looking beyond Roe, it is critical to understand this : leaders and strategists of the Christian supremacy movement laid out - over two decades ago - a strategy of both taking over and also weakening the federal judiciary. The Miers nomination is almost surely part of that strategy, and Miers almost surely holds legal views that she will not divulge prior to a vote on her nomination. That would be in keeping with the general tactic of the Christian right movement - to advance by stealth and incremental but relentless change.

But what to think about the Miers nomination itself ? Is it a terrible politcal blunder ? Or is it a Rovian play ?
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Inside - the Miers nomination, Karl Rove, and the Christian right

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Some on this discussion have suggested that the overturning of Roe is a foregone conclusion, one that the Democrats should accept and move on. Others hold that the GOP would never want to overturn Roe because the abortion issue energizes the Christian right's base. But, the end of Roe would be unlikely to mean the end of the issue - the legality of abortion rights would likely simply devolve to the state and the struggle would continue.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of other red-meat issues for Christian supremacist right leaders to toss the way of the faithful, notably gay marriage and the very existence of gays themselves. The Christian right will always find news groups to demonize : American muslims, athiests, unitarians, pornographers, greens.... the list of possible targets for vilification is long indeed.

But what to think about the Miers nomination itself ? Is it a terrible politcal blunder ? Or is it a Rovian play ? Background elements to consider : the Plame investigation concludes very soon - I may be overeaching my purview, here, but it seems likely that having another dedicated Bush partisan on the Supreme Court would prove very handy, not only in terms of the Plame affair but also for the legal investigations now swirling around Bill Frist, Tom Delay, Jack Abramoff, and other key GOP figures. Recall : Gore vs. Bush was decided on a 7-2 vote, but in terms of the decision to actually stop the Florida vote recount, the alignment was 5-4 : One vote can count, and very much so...

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Daily Kos: Rove's secret meeting with Dobson on Miers : UPDATED

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