Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Trust Me

No, not me. I blew it on the Janice Rogers Brown pick. I have zero credibility. "Trust me" is all President Bush can offer now to conservatives who took him seriously when he campaigned on a promise to appoint Supreme Court Justices in the mold of Scalia and Thomas. So after two appointments, no one has any idea whether he has kept his promise or not.

No doubt many Washington conservative advocacy groups will glean positive clues from Harriet Miers' presence at some Texas Right to Life fundraisers and a couple other indicators (like the President's smirk when asked at today's press conference if he knew Miers' stance on abortion). After all, those vague clues are the kind of things that convinced willing conservatives to fall in line behind the Roberts pick. But for crying out loud, she donated to Al Gore. I can hear them saying now, "But that was for the primary . . . but Gore's campaign chairman is the guy who is now the Republican governor of Texas . . . but this was in 1988 and Gore hadn't entered full wacko mode yet . . . yadda yadda yadda . . ."

Ok, fine. Do what ya' gotta do. Say what ya' gotta say. I hope we can at least agree that if these two picks blow up a la Souter and Kennedy, this love affair between the ideological right and the Republican party has to end.

So the President wants us all to trust him. Well, I'm going to ask you one question. Do you feel lucky, punk? DO YOU?


filosofo said...

"But at least he's going to nominate some Supreme Court justices who will be strict constructionists."

That's what I've heard in response to my complaints that Bush isn't much of a conservative. Now that he's failed to live up to that campaign promise, there's little left about Bush for conservatives. He sold us out.

Dave said...

There's an interesting article in the NY Times that explains her switch from Democrat to Republican in terms of her conversion from Catholicism to evangelical Christianity. Although the timeline isn't completely clear, I think it was prior to the Gore contribution. But, if my memory serves me correctly, Gore was still pro-life in 1988 when she made the contribution.

I'm not much of a politico, so I am not offering a defense or anything like that. Just passing along info.