Bush: STFU and STFD
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
(SNN Washington) Reuters reports that the USA Today reported that President Bush said special interest groups should turn down heated rhetoric on his choice of a Supreme Court nominee.
Specifically, many conservative groups have complained that President Bush’s Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, is too moderate. Considering that Gonzales is for the elimination of the Geneva Convention, the expansion of the Patriot Act, ignoring international law, and has worked to hide the details of the Vice President’s secret meetings with energy companies, it leaves one to wonder exactly who would be conservative enough.
Bush told conservative groups that "Al Gonzales is a great friend of mine." Bush went on to say, "When a friend gets attacked, I don't like it." This should come as no surprise to a conservative constituent that appreciates Bush’s ability to ignore polls, international convention, international law, intelligence analysis, and common sense, and make a decision that he feels is correct despite the criticism of experts, skilled military commanders, the law, and people much, much smarter than him.
Alberto Gonzales is too moderate.
Bush said that he was considering a number of candidates and had not yet picked a group of finalists, but stressed that at least one of them may already be a winner. However, Bush has said he admires Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Niccolo Machiavelli, and Roy Bean.
Bush did want to assure the American people that he would pick a judge that will "strictly interpret the Constitution" and "not use the bench to write social policy.” While Bush admits that he has not actually read the Constitution, he believes that he has the gist of it. Specifically, he is looking for a judge that will defend the anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, and big brother elements of the constitution as well as the Ten Commandments on which it was based and the section that says “Under God” must be in the pledge and required in schools.
Gonzales is not pro-not-yet-born.
That's the base of the Republicans, and it has been moving that way since at least 1988.
I am somewhat sure that you can't actually put a fetus on the bench. But they may try.