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  •  And yet, why are they so happy? (4.00)
    That is the big question right now, in my mind.

    Remember the debate when Bush was asked about Court nominations and said, "Of course I wouldn't nominate someone who supports the Dred Scott decision" ? Most of us scratched our heads, but it turned out to be "dog whistle language" to the religious right, which equates the personhood of slaves and fetuses.

    I wonder if there is other dogwhistle language that Roberts has been using?  

    I've got blisters on my fingers!

    by Elwood Dowd on Wed Jul 20, 2005 at 07:22:04 AM PDT

    •  you mean like a DaVinci Code for (none)
      religious whack-jobs?

      I never felt so much alike alike alike alike

      by bopes on Wed Jul 20, 2005 at 07:26:37 AM PDT

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    •  because the Wingers are fools, of course (none)

      If you haven't caught on, the game the Administration plays is always one of distracting and starting fights between the Christian Right and Democrats.  Then it takes a Right-biased path through middle between the two, on the borderline of hardline and moderate Republicans.  And it works, as long as moderate Republicans play along or are passive.

      If you look long and hard at what the Adminstration really does, it is perfectly ambivalent about social issues except that the Christian Right needs some pandering to.  They know perfectly well the trend in social issues is liberal and there's no point whatsoever in fighting the long term reality.  Rehnquist and Dobson have already lost that fight and the Cheneys and such really don't care.

      The present court stacking game is all about the next stage of the fight, around continued economic privilege/inequality.  But they have to fob off the Christian Right with some minor goodies to get these fellows through.

      Roberts is a great candidate for such designs.  He seems perfectly mainstream upper level Border State Republican on social issues- the old ways are fine, the new ways uncomfortable, and at bottom he probably isn't as deeply invested in either one as people on either side want to imagine.  But he's obviously been sounded out fully on economic rights and political power issues and is solid on those.

      I see the Democrats' problem with him not in 2006 or 2007 but in 2015 and 2020.

      Renewal, not mere Reform.

      by killjoy on Wed Jul 20, 2005 at 09:51:00 AM PDT

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