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Sunday, November 07, 2004

And the Republican infighting begins!

This should give Democrats some comfort. Despite control of the house and the senate and success with ballot initiatives, don't think it's going to be smooth conservative sailing any time soon. (CNN, This Week) There is a major fight brewing within the party that will reveal the extreme elements in all their frightening glory. As we know, the far right want payback for their support in the form of leadership of the supreme court. And, they're willing to take out anyone, Republican or Democrat, who stands in their way.

Dr. James Dobson, one of the most important leaders mobilizing that voting bloc as Founder and chairman of "Focus on the Family," has wasted no time publicly laying down the gauntlet for republican moderates. First Dobson issued a warning to a white house staffer on the day after the election not to take them for granted. Now he's made this warning more specific and more public in his appearance this morning on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."

Dobson said this about head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Arlen Specter, who was brave or foolish enough to say he would oppose anti-Roe v. Wade court nominees in a press conference on Wednesday:
"Senator Specter is a big time problem for us. We're very concerned about him. I campaigned against him. .I thought that the comment that was made by the senator. was one of the most foolish and ill-considered comments that a politician has made in a long time. President Bush came to Pennsylvania 30-plus times to campaign for him. And the next day after he wins this mandate, he wins this enormous victory, he goes on the air and sticks his thumb in the president's eye. That makes no sense at all. Senator Specter is a problem not only because of the judiciary but because he has been the champion of embryonic stem cell research and so many other things. He's remembered most for having sabotaged Robert Bork. He is a problem and he must be derailed."
And lest you think Dobson is alone, he adds this point:
"The republican senators know they've got a problem. They're aware that Senator Specter has put himself in opposition to the president. He stands in the roadway, with the great mandate that has been given to this president now and he is in opposition to it. They know that and they also know that millions of people are upset over it. You couldn't get a phone call in to Washington D.C., into the capital on Friday because of these comments and that's not gonna go away."
And on and on. Dobson and his friends are also gunning for the senior Democratic member of the committee Patrick Leahey, whom he dubs a "god's people hater." Warms my heart. I really hope Dobson continues to speak out. It's the best thing that could happen. Hopefully, this could help save us moving forward.

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