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    I agree with a lot of this post, but I am concerned that much of the (very real) victory that acbonin proclaims here amounts to inside baseball.  Yes, this could have been much worse. Yes, Roberts is likely not the nominee that Bush would have made had he been operating from a position of strength (indeed, you might add the Attorney General to your list of those passed up because of the President's weakness . . . he really can't afford to piss off his wingnut base now, either).

    But getting the public to see this nomination as a sign of the president's weakness will be very, very tough.  What constitutes victory here -- the subtle effects of the filibuster battle; the difference between (slightly hidden) party hack and ideologue John Roberts and (open with a long track record) party hacks and ideologues like McConnell, Luttig, and Wilkinson; etc -- is subtle and only apparent to the sorts of folks who live and breathe this stuff.  Trying to convince the public that it's a victory may not work at all, and may end up instead just putting lipstick on this pig and wasting a lot of anti-Bush momentum.

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    by GreenSooner on Wed Jul 20, 2005 at 09:25:36 AM PDT

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