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GOP needs to show some muscle to regain grassroots public’s favor

Posted by avigreen on May 7, 2006

The Republican party has become surprisingly irresponsible in the past month, something which now jeopardizes its grassroots support base. David Limbaugh makes some good points on why the GOP is going to have to start showing that they’re not afraid to rebut their rivals in the Democractic party:

Based on their repeated behavior, these Beltway politicians couldn’t possibly comprehend the degree of angst, disgust and frustration swelling in the conservative base of the Republican Party.

The tepid, feckless reaction of Republicans to the Senate Democrats’ latest assault on President Bush’s judicial nominations is a perfect illustration of their recurring abdication. More and more they think like Democrats, act like Democrats and get in bed with Democrats. And why? Democrats do not come to them bearing gifts.

Like the unmitigated minority bullies they are, Democrats are threatening to filibuster White House aide Brett Kavanaugh, President Bush’s nominee for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Judge Terrence Boyle, his nominee for the 4th Circuit.

Democrats are grossly politicizing Kavanaugh’s appointment, using it as yet another platform to paint the administration as a sadistic torturer of terrorist detainees and an enemy of the 4th amendment through its NSA wireless surveillance program. Democrats are alleging that since Kavanaugh has been a White House staff member, he must have approved of these dastardly policies and must not be allowed anywhere near the federal appellate bench, where he would vote to constrict our civil liberties.

As for Boyle, Democrats are pretending to be concerned that he is riddled with conflicts of interest and has heard cases involving companies in which he had a financial interest. Sound familiar? Remember a few months ago when they made a similarly bogus charge against Judge Alito concerning his interest in Vanguard?

Senate Judiciary Committee members have a lot of gall to be throwing around ethics charges when the very substance of those charges is unfounded and fraudulent. Which is more unethical: for a judge to hear a case involving a party in which he has a financial interest, but whose interest cannot possibly be affected by the outcome of the case — as in Vanguard? Or, for United States senators to level unfounded allegations — bearing false witness — against judicial nominees of stellar character?

Senate Democrats have proven themselves to have no credibility when it comes to assessing the character of President Bush’s judicial nominees, who they routinely slander with actual malice — that is, knowing their charges are false, or having reckless disregard for whether they are true or false. When will Republicans quit tolerating this and begin to condemn these Democratic senators for their tortious conduct, quit trying to compromise with them and plow forward full speed ahead with these nominations?

Why would the Democrats’ filibuster threats even bother Republicans? They should welcome the showdown. And if Republican members of the Gang of 14 want to continue their charade of colluding with these obstructionists, target every last one of them for defeat in the primaries, no matter how secure their seats. Make them pay for defecting in the name of collegiality.

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As I wrote at the time, the Gang of 14’s agreement that averted the Republicans’ invocation of the “nuclear option” was a great betrayal, because it legitimized judicial filibustering. Republican Gang members insisted the concessions they secured, such as the Democrats’ agreement to allow nominees Janice Rogers Brown, William Pryor and Priscilla Owen to get a full floor vote of the Senate — big whoop — outweighed any negatives. Plus, they boasted, Democrats agreed that henceforth they would only filibuster judicial appointees upon the existence of “extraordinary circumstances.”

Nonsense! As we knew at the time, “extraordinary circumstances” was undefined and left open to each member of the Gang to define for himself. Result: The judicial filibuster remained alive and well. And since that ignoble “bipartisan” treaty, we’ve seen the Democrats threaten the filibuster time and time again.

This cannot go on. The Republicans’ acquiescence to the Democrats’ demand for a delay on the hearings on these nominations is just another straw. When will the elephant’s back be broken? How long will Republicans continue to allow themselves to be walked on?

Limbaugh is correct. The Republicans should not be intimidated by the Democrats bully tactics. In fact, they shouldn’t be intimidated by the left-wing MSM either. Yes, of course it’s to be expected that the lefty media outlets would attack them for standing up to the Dems, or for taking a strong stand on serious issues. But even so, they shouldn’t allow this kind of intimidation to get them down.

And it’s not just their cowering to the Democrats themselves that jeopardizes their success in the fall elections for US Congress: if they make it seem as though they’re willing to grant amnesty for illegal aliens, as they almost did a few weeks ago before approving of funding to curb it, then they’re making it harder for people to vote for them, if they think that any members are sellouts. They have to be united on an issue, and to pay good attention to public polls and acknowledge what the public wants.

As if that weren’t enough, there’s also the case of president Bush approving of Dubai’s buying the Doncasters military manufacturing company, a sale which, in sharp contrast to the attempted sale of several US seaports, has gone by all but uncommented on in the media. As WND says about this:

So far, the Dubai acquisition of Doncasters has largely stayed below the radar in the U.S. media. Yet, the transaction clearly means the Dubai government would control two U.S. corporations that produce precision components for advanced weapons systems upon which the U.S. military depends.

Now this is just as dangerous and serious a matter as the seaport controversy, and it’s hard to understand why there haven’t been any serious protests so far. If the Republicans don’t start addressing this seriously, then that too can spell a serious electoral risk. One of the most important subjects in public opinion is state security, and if the Doncasters deal is dangerous – and it certainly is – then that’s why the GOP needs to confront and veto it in order to maintain their support base well, and to gain new supporters as well.

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