Bush: 'Tone Down' Attacks Against Gonzalez

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  1. JGrubbs

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    President Bush on Monday defended Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who is the target of conservative critics seeking a hard-liner for the Supreme Court, USA Today reported.

    The president said he will interview prospects himself after he sorts through candidates over the next few weeks to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the newspaper said in a story posted late Monday on its Web site.

    "Al Gonzales is a great friend of mine," Bush told USA Today. "When a friend gets attacked, I don't like it."

    The president appealed to special interest groups running ads and mobilizing supporters for the anticipated fight over the Supreme Court nominee to "tone down the heated rhetoric."

    Source: Associated Press
     
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    Well, President Bush sure didn't ask us to tone it down during the campaign last year.

    Mark me and mark me well. The president has best be very careful. If he dares to nominate Gonzales there are millions of us who are quite prepared to walk out on the GOP, costing the GOP control of the Congress in 2006 and the presidency in 2008.
     
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    I will not tone down the attacks on Gonzales. He is pro-choice and that is not what I want on the Supreme Court. If he wants a Hispanic, he can appoint a pro-life one in Garza. I am fine with Gonzales as AG, but not on the SC.

    Joseph Botwinick
     
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    Ken and Joseph, I agree with you. I am hoping I am wrong and that he will nominate someone like Scalia. If he nominates Gonzales, I believe the GOP will find out that the Social conservatives will abandon them. This is a critical moment in his presidency.
     
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    Where will you go, Ken? Are you going to cross party lines and "pull the donkey lever"(to quote PJ O'Rourke)?

    Regards,
    BiR
     
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    No, I would simply go back into the woodwork, electorally speaking.

    If Bush nominates someone who is not a solid conservative, then elections really don't matter.

    But I am still hopeful that Bush will not destroy the GOP by doing such a thing.
     
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    Is bush telegraphing his pick he can get real
    stubbourn.

    (USA TODAY)
    President Bush said Monday that special-interest groups running TV ads and mobilizing supporters for a fight over his choice of a successor to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor should "tone down the heated rhetoric." He forcefully defended Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, a prospect criticized by conservatives.

    "Al Gonzales is a great friend of mine," Bush said in a phone interview. "When a friend gets attacked, I don't like it."
     
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    Whoever his pick is will probably define the Republican party for the next 10 to 12 years. But does a president really know who he is getting? Reagan appointed Anthony Kennedy, who was the swing vote in such cases as barring prayer in school graduations and promoting gay rights.
    The elder Bush appointed David Souter who sides with abortion rights cases and limiting the use of the death penalty. I personally dont believe the current Bush is a conservative, and we will end up with a middle of the roader like Gonzalas. And the Dems will still cry foul.
     
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    They have a "mandate" Ken. They can do what they want. Remember?

    Of course you can do what I do: stay in the GOP and strive to wake up people.

    Regards,
    BiR (in BEAUTIFUL Summit, NJ)
     
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    If Bush nominates Gonzales you can stay, BiR, but I'll be leaving.
     
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    .....especially if Gonzales is confirmed. BTW, exactly what experience does he have on the bench? Does anyone have a link?

    Regards to all,

    BiR
     
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    So, you will have given them a "mandate" and then you will run for the door?
     
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    Yep, as I would not agree with how the "mandate" was being used.
     
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    Is anyone really surprised? He told us before the election that he'd do this.
     
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    Thanks, Ken.

    I wonder what those folks who believe that Bush is going to nominate pro-life Justices will say if he does indeed give the nod to the AG.

    Regards (I am going to sleep now),

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    I think a very large quantity of them would walk out of the GOP just as I would.
     
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    Just as many of us did back in 1999 when the the GOP leadership proved they were no longer the home for conservatives by endorsing and supporting politicians like George W. Bush, Arlen Specter, etc.
     
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    They would probably tell you that you won't be missed. After all, you already re-elected him.

    Hope you are doing well - I seem to recall you mentioning that you were anticipating a software upgrade at work.

    BiR
     

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