Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Theo-cons are flexing their muscle...

The religous right has been waiting over a decade for this moment, the chance to replace a social moderate on the Supreme Court with a far right idealogue. Evangelical Christians made a commitment to the GOP over the last 20 years, in election cycle after election cycle they came out and supported Republican candidates and were really the electoral catalyst for the dominance of the GOP on the national level in the last decade. Once elected though for the most part the moderates of the party still controlled the legislative direction of the party and all of the promises on social issues were quickly forgotten. At some point something has to give, either the party is going to have to do something on the social issues (specifically THE social issue - abortion) or they risk losing that Evangelical electoral support that has become so vital for the party. The Evangelicals put Bush in the White House and, to borrow a phrase from the President, they now feel that they have political capital and the intend to spend it.

To the theo-cons there is no greater threat to our nation than a percieved "activist" judiciary (nevermind that one of the most "activist" decisions in Supreme Courthistory was Bush v. Gore), many truly believe the threat posed by the Supreme Court is greater than the threat we face from Islamic terrorism. The theo-cons will not be able to turn the other cheek this time, they are calling in their debts and if Bush turns his back on them there will be a significant backlash.

So the Evangelical's have been making quite a bit of noise about potential SCOTUS nominee and current Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez. They are challenging the President, Gonzalez is a close personal friend but he is relatively moderate on key social iussues - specifically abortion. The President pushed back a little bit today, telling USA Today "Al Gonzalez is a great friend of mine. When a friend gets attacked, I don't like it" Bush is a stubborn man but I don't think he'll nominate Gonzalez just to prove a point, given his history I believe the nominee will most certainly be a hard-liner.

Here's the NY Times take on the fiesty Evangelicals and the Congressional and White House reaction.


At 10:41 AM, Blogger YellowDogDem said...

looks like the washington monthly agrees...


At 1:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing like watching them waste all their money to tell W what he already knows they want.

good use of money.


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