06 October 2005

"Kreskin" Karl now reading the SCOTUS tarot cards

Well, it looks Kenny Mehlman has been loaning out the deck so that other officials can reassure the doubt-filled base...without inappropriately grilling Ms. Miers and violating the sanctity of the "Ginsberg Rule," of course. Courtesy the NYT:
Karl Rove, the president's top political adviser, started calling influential social conservatives to reassure them about the pick even before it was announced. He called James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, over the weekend, and Richard Land, a top public policy official of the Southern Baptist Convention on Monday morning, said several people briefed on the calls...Some of the efforts evidently bore fruit. By day's end, Mr. Dobson, one of the most influential evangelical conservatives, welcomed the nomination. "Some of what I know I am not at liberty to talk about," he said in an interview, explaining his decision to speak out in support of Ms. Miers. He declined to discuss his conversations with the White House.
For those of you keeping score at home, that's one unusually specific reassurance about issues surrounding the war on terror, and now one that's somehow "confidential." The more unbelieveable part is that Jimmy D. was so anxious to put his stamp on things (not to mention flaunt how "in the loop" he is) that he shot his mouth off so foolishly. Any money, he's so blinded by the glittering visions of fundamentalist Christian sugarplums dancing in his head, that he can't see how clearly bad this looks for the administration feeding him the info: If it's a pledge to be unbiased and impartial in the application of the law, why isn't Dobson at liberty to discuss it? If it was anything more, what, exactly, is Miers discussing, and with whom? Surely she wouldn't be previewing her opinions on anything like school prayer, euthanasia, or abortion. After all, that would be "inappropriate."

I wonder...what could have placated a sensible, middle-of-the-road guy like James "Judicial Tyranny" Dobson?

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