September 19, 2005


Roberts vote holds risks for Democrats: Strategists weigh political message, fallout for '08 race (Nina J. Easton and Rick Klein, September 19, 2005, Boston Globe)

The decision on whether to support Judge John G. Roberts Jr.'s nomination to the Supreme Court could be a defining moment for the Democratic Party, as strategists have begun weighing the political risks either of alienating the party's liberal base by supporting a conservative nominee, or of leaving the party open to attack for opposing a nominee solely on ideological grounds.

As Democratic senators began weighing their decisions this weekend, many party strategists looking to the potential fallout for the 2006 midterm elections and the 2008 presidential election are counseling lawmakers to cast a ''no" vote.

''If you're running for president and you vote for this guy, you're going to come to regret it," said Paul Begala, the party strategist and commentator.

Sadly for the Democrats, keeping their base happy only estranges them from the bulk of the country.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 19, 2005 6:21 AM

Please Democrats, listen to Paul Begala! There's a guy who has his finger on the pulse of Middle America!

Posted by: b at September 19, 2005 10:45 AM

If the Republicans want to keep winning, they need to keep their base fired up with not only another good nomination, but little things like money thrown at faith-based organizations, access roads to hunting lands, enhanced support of civilian marksmanship, and of, course doing to public education as we know it what we did the welfare as we knew it.

The danger is that if Bush 43 starts to look like Bush 41--you know, "kinder, gentler"--then their base stays on task and ours does not. That's how Clintons win.

Posted by: Lou Gots at September 19, 2005 11:40 AM

Abidingly hilarious title to this post. The Democratic establishment HATES and IGNORES outfits like MoveOn. They just want them to go away.

Posted by: Rick Perlstein at September 19, 2005 12:35 PM

They won't, and in the long run you'll do what they tell you to.

Posted by: joe shropshire at September 19, 2005 12:36 PM

Lou, the Clintons win by arranging for Perot to run as an independent and take lots of votes from the Republican. That's the way Hillary will win too if another idiotic egomaniac runs as an independent in the next election.

Posted by: erp at September 19, 2005 1:14 PM


They'd have been wise to, but have instead turned anti-war, anti-SS reform, anti-Roberts, etc... The squeakiest wheel gets the grease.

Posted by: oj at September 19, 2005 1:16 PM

Mr. Perlstein:

Which part of the Democratic establishment supported the Democrat in OH-2 (with $$$)? The DNC? The DLC?

MoveOn and the anti-war, anti-global, anti-Bush, anti-business groups ARE the Democratic party. Remember, it has been bought and paid for. Howard Dean is now chairman.

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 19, 2005 2:56 PM