In his two choices for the Supreme Court so far, President Bush has tapped what some conservatives called "stealth" nominees: jurists without a clear record of legal opinions on abortion rights or other contentious social issues.
But with the announcement of a third nominee to succeed Justice Sandra Day O'Connor expected as early as Monday, prominent conservatives said they were confident that this time would be different. They argued that the reaction against the nomination of Harriet E. Miers had proven the perils of such an approach, even though some also acknowledged that the failure of the Miers nomination may have weakened the president if the next nominee sets off a battle.
"To the degree that Bush was enamored of a stealth strategy, I have got to believe he has learned there is a real downside," said William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard and one of the first conservative thinkers to call for withdrawal of the Miers nomination.
But if the next nominee provokes a fight with the left instead, Mr. Kristol added, "it is tougher having made a mistake with Miers."...
Democrats argue that Mr. Bush may have made promises to his conservative supporters that may be politically difficult to fulfill. "They have riled up their base, but to feed their base the red meat it demands will hurt the president with the general public," said Senator Charles E. Schumer, a New York Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.
Bush is deeply in trouble for playing footsie with theocrats; he's not really one of them, after all, but more of a well, Eastern elite educated Repub pretending to be a failed oil man.
I had commented on another blog, that, based on Treasongate, folks like Hugh Hewitt and Joe Carter are rapidly becoming irrelevant.
Watch now for the next thing; this is going to be Terri Schiavo all over again.
What those folks just don't get is that they aren't America. They aren't even a majority of Americans. They aren't even a significant plurality of Americans.
Here we go; what Dems warned against for years, these folks want to overtly take: our rights.
Watch Underneath Their Robes for more.