October 31, 2005

THE NEW EASTERN ESTABLISHMENT

Bush's judicial test (Robert Novak, Oct 31, 2005, Townhall)

Bush's blunder on Miers reflects his genuine disdain for Washington and the national government, still intense after nearly five years in office. That is basically why he reaches back to longtime friends and associates (cronies, say his critics) whom he trusts. Having been told that the conservative Republican base would not accept his friend Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on the court, Bush tried to sneak through Gonzales's successor as White House counsel.

What the President underestimated is the degree to which an Inside-the-Beltway Right has been institutionalized and can command media attention generally and controls a growing segment of that media.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 31, 2005 7:18 AM
Comments

Kristol et al, like McCain, only command media attention when they attack Bush. If they were singing his praises, they’d suddenly become invisible.

Posted by: tefta at October 31, 2005 7:33 AM

tefta:

They're too central to the Left's psychoses to be invisible.

Posted by: oj at October 31, 2005 8:09 AM

It would be fitting in a way -- or at the very least just desserts -- if Bush named David Frum to be Alito's congressional liason, so he can directly deal with the GOP's half of the Gang of 14 after they've been bombarded with all the cries of "Scalita" from the Democrats and the media (it took David Gregory about 90 seconds to use that name in his description of the nominee after the announcement).

Posted by: John at October 31, 2005 8:16 AM

John:

Lindsay Graham is trying to forestall a lot of the nonsense about that, clearly stating that either Alito (or Luttig) have nothing to do with extraordinary circumstances. It seems Alito was chosen primarily because he can get past Specter. That is fine, but a Chairman Kyl would get Brown or Estrada or Jones through, and Specter would not.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 31, 2005 11:34 AM

And you're not bitter? Are you OJ?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at October 31, 2005 5:48 PM
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