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G.O.P. Asks Conservative Allies to Cool Rhetoric Over the Court

Published: July 6, 2005

WASHINGTON, July 5 - The White House and the Senate Republican leadership are pushing back against pressure from some of their conservative allies about the coming Supreme Court nomination, urging them to stop attacking Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales as a potential nominee and to tone down their talk of a culture war.

In a series of conference calls on Tuesday and over the last several days, Republican Senate aides encouraged conservative groups to avoid emphasizing the searing cultural issues that social conservatives see at the heart of the court fight, subjects like abortion, public support for religion and same-sex marriage, participants said.

Instead, these participants, who insisted on anonymity to avoid exclusion from future calls, said the aides - including Barbara Ledeen of the Senate Republican Conference and Eric Ueland, chief of staff to Senator Bill Frist, the majority leader - emphasized themes that had been tested in polls, including a need for a fair and dignified confirmation process.

Mr. Ueland acknowledged that he and others had been working almost since the vacancy occurred last Friday with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's resignation to persuade conservative activists to steer clear of divisive language.

"Every contact we have with these folks is 'stay on message, stay on purpose,' " Mr. Ueland said. "The extremism of language, if there is to be any, should be demonstrably on the other side. The hysteria and the foaming at the mouth ought to come from the left."


OHHHHHHH, yes, they have backed us into a corner!!! Any response or reaction by a Democrat or a liberal other than complete and utter acquiesence will be seen as obstruction. YOU CAN BET ON IT!!!!

In southern speak, they have "called off the dogs" and if we don't do the same then you can bet we will have hell to pay for it. THIS is what we get for being nice! THIS is what we get for placating! THIS is what we get for compromising!

Welcome to the Third Reich and the New World Order!


At 10:14, Blogger Ladydawnelle said...

You GO Girl!!!

If you find cheap property in Canada let me know ok? Peace!

At 11:22, Blogger RedStateExile said...

I keep hoping for a revolution to start or something, but maybe we can just hope for communes of the 60s to pop up in Canada and the old underground railroads to open back up like in the old days.

It could be worse, but it sounds like our fight is gone.

At 13:18, Anonymous Jerome said...

Callie -

You know I love you and all, but there ain't never going to be a revolution in our lifetimes. H*ll, if you can't even get people to vote, you're dreaming if you think they're going risk getting hurt.

At 13:30, Blogger RedStateExile said...


You know, I want to believe in the human race. I really do (I don't, but I do). That's the hopeless idealist in me. Until there is a personal effect on someone will they be willing to get hurt for a cause because the physical danger could be no worse than the pain inflicted by the government.

When did the blacks stand up? When they were already being attacked by dogs and pinned down by waterhoses. When they had already suffered the humiliation of hangings and lashings and the government turned a blind eye.

When white people were inflicted with the same treatment for standing with them, that was when society said that enough was enough.

That's when it will happen. So, if you love me like you say you do, as a fellow human being, you'll be there at the crucial moment when enough is enough.

At 05:28, Anonymous Jerome said...

Don't worry 'bout that. Trust me, if I see someone trying to hang you or "sic" the german shepherds on you, I won't stop to ask you your sexual orientation or religious affiliation before I try to help. Frankly, it wouldn't even cross my mind.

Having said that, the '60's civil rights movement was not a "revolution" in the traditional sense of the word. I assume you aren't literally hoping for a violent uprising. My comments were intended mostly tongue-in-cheek.

At 06:44, Blogger RedStateExile said...


Revolution comes from a place in the heart of fundamental moral courage. It means facing your fears, not expressing your anger. When the human race can no longer take the violence and hatred pressed upon themselves and each other, you push back. Hopefully, with the civil rights movement, we learned how to do it right.

Love overcomes hate. Justice overcomes bigotry. Only man can speak to the heart of man.


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