Skip to comments.SCOTUS: How to make Alberto Gonzales acceptable to the base.
Posted on 09/28/2005 3:05:49 PM PDT by TitansAFC
SCOTUS: How to make Alberto Gonzales acceptable to the base. (Especially the Pro-Life base) Some random thoughts and more.......
As reported by NRO, et al:
"Speaking in Tallahassee yesterday, AG Alberto Gonzales sounded like someone seeking serious consideration as a Supreme Court nominee. He called Chief Justice Rehnquist a hero and suggested those who think hed be significantly more moderate than other nominees are ill-informed."
I would suggest that there are options open to the White House to make Gonzales acceptable, but they involve at least one bold move. If it is that important to nominate him, however, they should be compelled to make such a bold move - for old buddy Al, if for no other nominee.
Scenario One: Leaked document(s).
Arrange for a leaked document of Alberto Gonzales' where he openly criticizes Roe v. God and states something to the effect that it should be a "state's rights" issue. Other possible ideas along this line would be a memo where he states something to the effect that Thomas and Scalia have the right positions on the Roe issue, etc. You get what I mean - something that would "accidentally" reveal Al Gonzales to be more Pro-Life than we've ever had reason to believe before. More importantly, something that would let us know he'd overturn Roe v. God if given the chance.
Scenario Two: An outright public statement affirming that he would be a Pro-Lifer in the mold of outgoing Judge Rehnquist. Or something to that extent....
Either way, it involves taking a bold step. I know that the White House seems committed to campaigning on the promise of judges like Scalia and Thomas while being committed to actually making SCOTUS nominations as ambiguous as possible, but in the case of a very good and close friend, Al Gonzales, I would think they could afford one Supreme Court fight after promising a fight for the courts at every campaign stop in every city for three elections.
In other words, if you want Al, and you want the base "on board" and not in outright revolt, make it known - KNOWN - that Al Gonzales will be on our side on an important issue such as Roe v. God. Flush the stare decesis PC crap down the toilet for just one damn nominee and people like myself will go from fighting against Al Gonzales to a full-blown war to get him confirmed.
Just once be bold. If you want Al, be bold; stop fighting us (the base) if he's really on our side and take some behind-the-scenes (or hell, public scene) actions to prove to us that he IS on our side on these crucial issues. We'll face the Dems with you if you do that much.
But you're going to have to stop being afraid of the Roe v. God issue. You're going to have to, just once, nominate a candidate who's going to have to brave that storm before the Senate Inquisition if - IF - you want Al Gonzales on the Supreme Court for life.
So which is it, Mr. Gonzales? Constitutionally guaranteed right to abortion, stare decesis decision too old and controversial to overturn even if it's bad, or state's rights issue? A lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land may be at stake due to this question.
My sword is in the holster, Mr. President and Mr. Attorney General; give me (and social Conservatives like myself) a reason to go to war for Al Gonzales and I promise you that the payoff will be well worth a few weeks before the Senate Inquisition.
Really, how many times can they ask you about abortion, anyway? Plus, the tally is still 5-4 pro-Roe, so it's not like they can really fear it's overturning yet if - IF - you really are on our side on the issue, Mr. Gonzales.
AGAG is not acceptable for several reasons. When the President has had the worst summer of his Presidency and his lowest poll numbers is not the best time to piss off his loyal base.
It's a chick's seat and a chick will sit in it. They may as well paint it pink.
There are better candidates.
Easy. Have him moved to Mars.
Yes appoint a Conservetive
I know you didn't write it, but:
"Have him move to Mars!" - Bwa hah hah (LOL) ;-)
Anyhow, I agree there are better candidates, as do most at FR. The point of my article is in the title, how to make Alberto Gonzales acceptable. Right now, he is not.
No doubt there are better options (Luttig, dammit!).
And then have him denounce his affiliation with the racist groups like LaRaza and LaMecha. Oh wait a second the GOP supports racist groups today...another reason never to vote for RINOs again.
Janice Rogers Brown.
Me too. In a big way.
Janice Rogers Brown!!
When only a real conservative will do!!!
Yeah. Bush has been a BIG disappointment for me as a strict conservative.
His best chance of redemption is a truly conservative Supreme Court.
A totally inappropriate choice, and for the wrong reason.
The Conservative base will flip out and NEVER trust the GOP to do the right thing ever again if Dubya choose a pro-choice SC judge.
I love Janice, too; but isn't she 57?
Luttig and Owen, etc., are two Presidential election cycles younger.
Not that I'll object if he picks JRB.....LOL
Get ready Sir. I am just about to submit your name.
But just in case: (Lemme at 'em..LEMME AT 'EM...Why I'll tear 'em limb from limb...)
Gonzales = pro illegal aliens = anti national security = unacceptable, unrehabilitable.
He would still have to recuse himself from many of the important post 911 cases. That is reason enough not to appoint him to this position. He already has a very important job in the adminstration.
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