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  •  Because (none)
    this confirms that the Republican Party is the Party of Dobson.

    The SCOTUS is Extraordinary.

    by Armando on Thu Oct 27, 2005 at 08:31:53 AM PDT

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    •  Find me that meme in the press. (none)
      Sure, this confirms what we already know.  The Republicans are conservatives.  Yippee.  How does that help?

      The problem is that while the press is clear that conservatives won this one, most of the press attention is muddying the issue of why Miers went down.  A large focus is on the "qualification" spin and the scandals spin and Miers' own spin on executive privilege, in addition to Reid's "right wing ideologue" truism.  So I don't think the message you want sent is being transmitted in any sort of clear or overwhelming fashion.  

      Although you are correct that it would be the best frame for the Dems.

      I'm a realist: Most of the public thinks she was unqualified.  While this helps on the crony/lack of govt. competence meme, this probably isn't going to be a lasting impact on the meme you want pushed.  Even though it should, even though this is a victory for the Movement Conservatives, and even though ambiguity about her position on Roe probably was the final nail that killed this nomination.

      As a realist, I'm concerned about the future: I'll wait to celebrate to see what we're going to end up with.

      •  Find it for you? (none)
        Conservative outragederails Miers nomination? Are you seriously arguing it won't be covered that way?


        The SCOTUS is Extraordinary.

        by Armando on Thu Oct 27, 2005 at 08:49:08 AM PDT

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        •  I think it is being covered that way in part. (none)
          Hell, I'm linking the articles.

          What I don't think is that (1) we should celebrate GW's kowtowing to the right because that is good for the Democrats (or the country), (2) the press report will unambiguously push a meme that the "Republicans are the party of Dobson (religious right)" based on the withdrawal of Miers given all the cronyism/competence talk, and (3) that losing Miers was worth the cost if we get a Bork on the S.Ct.

    •  You might want to pick a new label (none)
      Many representatives of the ultra-right wing did the opposite of what Dobson told them to do. He was for Miers, remember? They aren't the monolith you want to paint them as, and the fissures are becoming more and more obvious.

      Why are you trying to adopt the lie and mislead propagandist approach to politics just because it worked for them for a decade? Scandalrama clearly isn't working for them now. It would be better if our side actually has principles and values instead of just pretending.

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