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  •  yes.. (none)
    If it had to happen, this was the time for it, when support for Bush is so low.  Maybe we'll get lucky and they'll pick someone reasonably moderate to avoid a nasty battle, rather than a hard-core social communist.
    •  GOP fissures help, too (none)
      I was talking about this with a friend earlier today--the scene now is much different than it was the day before we heard of the Gang of 14--Iraq is finally becoming a shitstorm in the popular presentation, and GOP members are having fewer and fewer qualms about standing up to the President.

      Bad poll #s for the pres = possiblity of the nuclear option not even passing in the Senate.

      I don't want to be Polyannish--but we've been able to stifle Bolton, along with some high-profile GOP defectors. It's conceivable that nearly anyone Bush presents now could meet the same level of opposition.

      As such, since Bush "needs a win," as mentioned above, it's very possible that he'll name a moderate. But I'm not holding my breath--just a little hope.

      •  I'm telling you (none)
        I'm counting on that and on the Democrats playing it correctly.  It will be a tricky tightrope-walk - a more moderate nomination will need embracing while at the same time concerns around the nominee will have to be addressed so that we don't fall into "there's no difference between the parties" schtick.

        If the nominee is seriously wingnut and therefore one which has to be opposed, the Democrats need to be really prepared to frame this issue ala Lakoff.  If the filibuster winds up the only recourse, the question of "breaking rules to change them" will have to be carefully and meticulously framed in a way that those moderates who are migrating away from the Republicans can embrace.

        If nothing else, this will be interesting.

        The revolution is coming... and we ARE the revolution.

        by RenaRF on Fri Jul 01, 2005 at 11:07:01 AM PDT

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