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April 09, 2005


Who's C. Boyden Gray?

This struck me as part of the understood plan: that DeLay would take the lead as anti-judiciary hatchet man, while the Senate and the President claimed to support an independent judiciary, and various spokespeople would be dispatched to remind everyone that DeLay and the House don't have a role in judicial nominations.

Although I wonder how much more heat DeLay can withstand, this heat is different in kind. And in fact, it's the very kind of heat for which his House Republican Conference still loves him. They love that he's a lightning rod, just so long as there's still room to distance themselves from him and look like moderates by comparison, but still get a taste of that fundamentalist base money he brings in, via his leadership PACs.

The ethics heat is harder to live with, because they have to take an active role in protecting him from it.

Anyway, how about that careful construction from that C. Boyden Gray guy (whoever he is)? Putting on my strict constructionist hat, I note that we must not be meant to take more away from that than the fact that the judges Senator Cornyn threatened were not on the 11th Circuit.

OTOH, add in the distancing from SS compromises being floated in the press (see link and quote: "Several officials familiar with the discussions among GOP leaders said the lawmakers are wary of creating the impression they are jettisoning the centerpiece of Bush's plan.") and the distancing in CO by repubs of Bush's fascist town meeting style (excluded out by bumper sticker ideology) and one gets the impression that the GOP feels a need to do some public distancing.

Real or phoney, that's still a bit of a change. As the quote indicates, their mo is to look and act like the Borg when it comes to leadership when they can (excepting Kagro's lightning rod description, which applies as much as anyone to Hastert - and the question is how much is he getting shocked by the continued lightning strikes).

C. Boyden Gray was WH legal counsel to Bush One, and a player in the Reagan White House years in the VP office. He is also one of the founders of the Federalist Society, and played a major role in the legal strategy against Clinton back in the Lewinsky Era. Very close to Ken Starr and Scolia.

He also was one of the lead attorneys in Bush v. Gore.

Kidding, Sara. I knew this would happen!

But it's also a good way identify readers ripe for a highly targeted pitch for my own C. Boyden Gray piece.

Ha, a marketing ploy!

On a completely different note, this should also demonstrate the need for and great value of message repetition, as annoying as it is. That C. Boyden Gray story was perhaps the most read item we've had here, and still even our regular readers may have missed it.

WHen DeLay gets back from his trip to the Vatican (in order to take in a bit of that pervasive Pope Mojo), I'd love to see some enterprising reporter ask him for the record:

"Congressman, but for your trip to Rome to see the Pope buried, you would have been a keynote speaker at a conference of the JCCCR, where Herb Titus clearly indicated that it is the avowed purpose of the group to make sure that they act to elect governors and a president who will, in accordance with his interpretion of the Constitution, refuse to enforce judicial orders that the executive finds to be unconstitutional. Do you agree that the exective has the power to independently determine the constitutionality of judicial decisions and enforce only those he finds to fit within his or her understanding of constitutionality?

Mr. Titus also said that we are being ruled by terrorist judges. Do you also believe that American judges--many of whom were appointed by Republicans--are terrorists?

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