Drooling on the Pillow

Friday, April 15, 2005

Oh, No, Dr. Bill! 

According to the New York Times, Bill Frist has "agreed to join a handful of prominent Christian conservatives in a telecast portraying Democrats as "against people of faith" for blocking President Bush's nominees."


Keeping in mind that this is, after all, the Times reporting and that we have to keep our eyes open for a more positive coloring of this event, if the story bears much correlation to reality then I'll have to join others who have condemned this move.

I'm perfectly well aware that this is a tried and true strategy of the Democrats who are comfortable condemning Republican policy as "racist" or "anti-woman" if factions of blacks or females oppose it (for political reasons). I think Senator Frist should consider the possibility that the Republicans are the majority party because the technique is associated primarily with the opposition. We do have a bigger tent, but some of the flaps are fraying and need more attention than does the Christian right.

I'm absolutely okay with the nuclear option as a last option. The Dem's strategy with regard to judicial nominations, I believe, is phoney, unconstitutional and, ultimately, self-defeating. I'd like to preserve the filibuster as long as Democratic abuse doesn't leave us with a choice between it and majority rule. If that's the case, by all means, overboard it goes.

Just to be clear, I'm not sure Frist and DeLay are wrong about this. There may well be anti-Christian bias animating some of the opposition to some of the judicial nominees. But I think that pretty much speaks for itself. I just think the issue is simpler than that and the right of the president to get a vote on his nominees whether they're Christians, Jews, Muslims or Wiccans is the essential point and DeLay and now Frist are wrong to make defense of the faith a policy issue.

We're right on the issues. Let's not mess with it.

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