June 28, 2008


Conservatives warm to McCain on the law (BEN ADLER, 6/28/08, Politico)

Conservatives may not be enamored of John McCain, but on subjects that are near and dear to their hearts — legal philosophy and judicial appointments — they are finding a lot to like about the Arizona senator.

Between his campaign trail rhetoric and a stable of legal advisers who are well-regarded in conservative circles, McCain is winning over converts who at one time harbored deep suspicions about his commitment to appointing reliably conservative judges.
It’s a surprising turn of events for a candidate who was once booed at the Conservative Political Action Conference and especially for one who played a key role in brokering the “Gang of 14” compromise in 2005, a deal that some conservatives contend undermined the Republicans’ opportunity to ban filibusters against judicial nominees.

...than it taking the Stupid Party this long to figure something this basic out? They still don't even realize what the Gang won them.

One of Maverick's big advantages is that he can stand still and the "alienated base" will come to him. Meanwhile, Senator Obama has to scramble Right, alienating his base in fact and appearing craven to the rest of us.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 28, 2008 10:38 AM

Alienating his base? Fat chance.

"Every single one of those flipflops has been an improvement, in my opinion, so am I supposed to reject Obama for flipflopping? I voted for Obama in the Wisconsin primary in part because I predicted he'd turn out to be flexible and pragmatic." Ann Althouse, a supposedly smart law professor

Lesser beings may flip-flop, the Beloved One is "flexible and pragmatic". Do Cultists care what their leader do? Ask Jim Jones and David Kurash(?)survivors. They know he needs to flip and flop to fool enough unenlightened to join his camp.

Posted by: ic at June 28, 2008 12:28 PM

The gang won them nothing. Very few of the judges that were being held up got through thanks to the Gang. The movement of some conservatives to back McCain is more of anti-Dem move rather than a pro-McCain move which may not be enough come November.

And, if McCain does win, lLet's see how happy he is when his judicial nominees are filibustered/ignored by the Dems based on the Gang of 14 helping to maintain the filibuster of judicial nominees.

Posted by: AWW at June 28, 2008 1:36 PM

See? It'll take a while longer.

Posted by: oj at June 28, 2008 3:12 PM

Yes, I realize that certain people have to "go through the motions" on this judges thing until 11/4. But I have got to think this judges issue is no longer that relevant to the Right in light of the Heller case. Think about it: The Right got a judicial victory that is NOT considered "rollback," but a step forward.

Posted by: Brad S at June 28, 2008 3:49 PM

President McCain will not need the Gang of 14. The Democratic Congress will be filibuster-proof. McCain's nominees simply won't get through the Senate committee to be considered by the full Senate.

On the other hand, President Obama's nominees will sail thru. Justice Hillary will be history's third woman Supreme.

Posted by: ic at June 28, 2008 5:38 PM
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