The Dread Pirate Roberts
By the time I checked my email this morning, I had already gotten messages from both NOW and MoveOn calling on me to urge my Senators to oppose Roberts’ nomination. The messages I got later from Emily’s List and the Religious Action Center were more muted, saying only that they’ll be following the confirmation process closely and that it’s important to learn more about Roberts’ opinions.
I’m afraid I can’t get too motivated on this one. First, while I disagree with many (most?) of Roberts’ positions, I see no evidence that he’s a wingnut. And Bush simply isn’t going to nominate someone whose going to make me happy. Within the universe of potential Justices that Bush might nominate, Roberts doesn’t strike me as egregious. (Sorry Bitch, but in the infamous French Fry case, I think his ruling is probably right; not all really really stupid policies are unconstitutional.)
Second, unless the confirmation hearing turns up some dirty linen in Roberts’ closet (e.g an undocumented nanny, a speech in favor of segregation, photos of drug use — and I’ve not heard any rumors of such), it seems clear that he is going to be confirmed. I’d guess he’ll get at least 70 votes, possibly more. And it strikes me as a poor use of resources to go into a full mobilization for a lost cause. Setting aside the money that’s being spent, which might be better saved for future battles (or to buy bus tickets for low-income women in need of abortions), I think you risk demoralizating your base and losing them to burnout.
(Sorry about the title; the reference popped into my head this morning and I haven’t been able to get it out.)