flowers and abortion
Lately that seems like a dirty word. I'm reading a book that explores philosophy from the classical era of Greece to the recent past. Back in the Greece of Plato, Socrates & Aristotle, politics wasn't a dirty word. It was a subject that all the citizens would discuss and vote on. Of course that was a true democracy in that every citizen voted on issues, we live in a representational democracy where we elect officials and they're the ones that actually vote on issues. That might be what makes the difference.
In regards to the Supreme Court nominees, I have a pet theory that I've been toying with for a few months. I've mentioned it here once before but it's been a while so I'll toss it out again.
The Republicans in general and the party leadership of the GOP in particular hate abortion. That's easy to know because they tell us about it every day. Over and over. And as a result they get a lot of financial donations, endorsements and most importantly VOTES. Quite a few elections in the past decade have been decided by a very narrow margin, not the least being the past two presidential elections, and abortion has often been what allowed the GOP to win.
Why do I bring that up? Well, that preamble sets the stage for this idea. The GOP can't afford to let Roe v. Wade fall. Without the potent abortion issue to campaign with, a number of elections could go to the Democrats which would shift the house and possibly the Senate as well. And most definitely the West Wing would belong to the party of the donkey once more. This is a nightmare for the Republicans and so it has occurred to me that maybe, just maybe the GOP, in the person of George W. Bush, is nominating Justices to the Supreme Court that could believably uphold Roe v. Wade without it looking like the GOP was actively trying to get that result.
This would preserve "Right to Life" as a GOP issue and still keep the party faithful thinking that they got screwed by the Supreme Court yet again. The GOP likes folk to get upset at the Judicial Branch since it's the Legislative Branch members (and a few key members of the Executive Branch) that get elected and need to stay popular.
What do you think?