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  •  Yeah, I'm sure it'll be a campaign issue. (1+ / 0-)
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    I can just imagine the furor a book by a Republican former Supreme Court Justice might cause in Senate campaigns in 2014.  

    I bet they're already writing the negative ads linking Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan to a book by a guy whom Gerald Ford appointed in 1975.  Of course, before they release those negative ads, they're going to have to spend a lot of money on a public information campaign to tell people who the hell John Paul Stevens even is.

    "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

    by FogCityJohn on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 06:47:31 PM PST

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    •  Other people are smarter than you think. (0+ / 0-)

      For instance, many of them know that Stevens was appointed by a Republican and went turncoat once he joined the Court. Now Republicans go out of their way to appoint far right justices such as Scalia, Alito, and Thomas. It's a fucking miracle for Democrats that Roberts upheld the ACA.

      They know that calling Stevens a Republican doesn't mean that today's Republicans would even remotely consider trashing the Second, let alone enacting federal gun control laws. They are smart enough to figure that out.

      And they're smart enough to MAKE gun control an issue in those pivotal Senate races. It not only gives them a chance to retake the Senate, but it also scares future Democrats away from supporting gun control.

      Yes, you're not the only one who knows who Stevens is.

      If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

      by HairyTrueMan on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 08:20:34 PM PST

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      •  Or maybe not. (1+ / 0-)
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        Since two-thirds of the American public can't name a single justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, I think you're probably engaging in some wishful thinking.

        And I really doubt anyone is going to be blaming Mary Landrieu for the views of a guy who was appointed to the Supreme Court when she was 20 years old.  You can, of course, believe whatever you need to believe.

        "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

        by FogCityJohn on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 09:59:42 PM PST

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        •  The people who matter know. (0+ / 0-)

          And by this I mean the people who donate their time and money to political campaigns... the people who finance the ads that the two-thirds see.

          The interesting thing is that I go to a popular progressive blog (here) and the top story on the Recommended list is about Stevens' views on the Second. And most of the progressive commenters favor repeal. So it doesn't really matter that people know who Stevens is... He's gotten the conversation started. People on the Left are (foolishly IMO) talking about repealing the Second Amendment during an election year when control of the Senate is at stake.

          Here's a question: Do YOU think the 2nd should be repealed? Because it seems like you do. Should vulnerable Democrats support repealing the 2nd publicly?

          If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

          by HairyTrueMan on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 05:49:40 AM PST

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