Sunday, November 07, 2004

Dobson on 'This Week'

Just got done listening to Christian extraordinaire and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson.

What a creep.

Dobson made it clear that they have a hit out on Senator Specter as Judiciary Chair. Specter "stands in the way of the great mandate" the President received and his chairmanship "must be derailed. "How this plays out could give some insight into the power the Xtian right yields in the Senate.

Dobson said that Specter was a "big time problem." And he made it clear that this goes much deeper than Specter's recent remarks. He said that Specter was unacceptable to his people as a supporter of embryonic stem cell research and criticized Specter for abandoning Judge Bork...17 years ago.

Dobson wasn't shy about who his soldiers favor on the Supreme Court. It surprised me that they do not support WH Counsel Alberto Gonzales, and he seemed troubled by the comments Gonzales made about less them firm constitutional matters.

Gonzales played key roles in formulating WH policy on torture and holding prisoners without hearings, etc. and I think Dobson fears that Gonzales gives the left too much ammo. Dobson doesn't want a fight his side might lose.

On the other hand, the Xtian soldiers first choice for the Supreme Court is Miguel Estrada. Again, I think this is a stratgic choice. Estrada is cleaner and harder to oppose. Dobson's really thinking strategically here. And here is where I think another one of Specter's comments last Wedneday fits in. Specter lamented that there were no "legal giants" on the court.
Specter also bemoaned what he called the lack of any current justices comparable to legal heavyweights like Oliver Wendell Holmes, Louis Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo and Thurgood Marshall, 'who were giants of the Supreme Court."
Was Specter thinking of Estrada? I think he was and I think Dobson thinks so too.

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