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03/07/2004 Archived Entry: "How hard can GWB smack conservatives and get away with it?"

JUST RECEIVED THE WORD THAT GWB HAS APPOINTED BILL PRYOR TO THE FEDERAL BENCH. This came in from Ernie Hancock's e-list. Pryor was the Alabama attorney general who gave Judge Roy Moore his ultimatum to get the 10 Commandments out of the courthouse. I think Judge Moore was wrong, but it's not a big deal to me, either way. I don't imagine the presence of the 10 Commandments in a courthouse ever particularly hurt anybody. But I don't see a whole lot of virtue being inspired by their presence, either. So as my redneck cousins say, "I ain't got no dawg in this hunt."

But by damn ... What on earth is the Twig trying to do to his conservative base??? Spending like three Clintons, proposing the guest worker program, enacting that monstrous Medicare drug debacle, and now this. (Not to mention that a lot of the real-o-cons, as opposed to the neocons, must be pretty distressed at the loss of civil liberties and the horrorshow of foreign intervention, too.)

Republicans always know their fans will take a beating on gun-rights and still keep coming back for more. So it was really a bit of a miracle when Sen. Larry Craig, with the backing of the NRA (from what I hear), pulled his own bill rather than see it compromised by victim-disarming dreck. But overall, the Bush admistration seems to be charging straight into the Valley of Death on its own orders.

Are these folks so cocky they figure that "patriotism" and "security" alone will hold these millions of core supporters? Do the Busheviks really have that much reason that the conservatives will always vote for them, even if they don't actually do anything "conservative" at all ... simply because the alternative is worse? -- When the alternative in this case is a medal-winning Vietnam War hero?

Posted by Claire @ 07:11 PM CST

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