Supreme distraction

Howard Kurtz on the uber media strategy in the White House:

I happen to think the president is giving the other side an extra month to build a case against his nominee (if that’s what Democrats and liberals are inclined to do). But from the administration’s point of view, media chatter about Roberts is probably superior to media chatter about whether Rove should be fired.

: MEANWHILE… Over at Kos they’re trying to find the silver lining and that’s how to lose well….

Acbonin says that the filibuster and dragging out other nominations worked; that this is a victory.

Steve M adds in a comment to that post that the Democrats need to lose this battle well:

But there are good losses too, and this is the concept that many refuse to accept. You can lose in a way that makes people sympathize with the principle you fought for. You can lose in a way that sets the stage to make a compelling case later. If you send a clear message to the American people that “we oppose Roberts because X will happen if he is confirmed,” and then X does happen, now you have your campaign issue for 2008, 2012, and beyond. “Elect Democrats so we can roll back X and make sure it never happens again.”

And Kos chimes in:

I see in Roberts someone who can help Democrats draw clear battle lines for the American public. It’ll allow us to define who we are and who they are, and drive home the point that elections do matter, that there really is a difference between the Democratic and Republican parties.

Supreme distraction

Supreme distraction

: Howard Kurtz on the uber media strategy in the White House:

I happen to think the president is giving the other side an extra month to build a case against his nominee (if that’s what Democrats and liberals are inclined to do). But from the administration’s point of view, media chatter about Roberts is probably superior to media chatter about whether Rove should be fired.

: MEANWHILE… Over at Kos they’re trying to find the silver lining and that’s how to lose well….

Acbonin says that the filibuster and dragging out other nominations worked; that this is a victory.

Steve M adds in a comment to that post that the Democrats need to lose this battle well:

But there are good losses too, and this is the concept that many refuse to accept. You can lose in a way that makes people sympathize with the principle you fought for. You can lose in a way that sets the stage to make a compelling case later. If you send a clear message to the American people that “we oppose Roberts because X will happen if he is confirmed,” and then X does happen, now you have your campaign issue for 2008, 2012, and beyond. “Elect Democrats so we can roll back X and make sure it never happens again.”

And Kos chimes in:

I see in Roberts someone who can help Democrats draw clear battle lines for the American public. It’ll allow us to define who we are and who they are, and drive home the point that elections do matter, that there really is a difference between the Democratic and Republican parties.

  • Right of Center

    Giving the Democrats “plenty of rope” has been a pretty good strategy so far no matter how much missunderestimated.

  • http://www.12sides.blogspot.com Horatio

    TO be perfectly honest, at first glance the dude seems to be a pretty solid nomination. If the Dems had any brains, they’d confirm this guy in about a week and then say, “Now about that Rove character…”
    This is the ultimate blog.

  • Mike G

    I’ve usually scorned the idea that Bush was playing “rope-a-dope” but boy, this time… you’ve got Mr. Perfect Android Nominee, the flawless resume with the squeaky clean looks, the tested temperament for hearings, and no paper trail. They beat against him like surf on a rock for four or five weeks and he just smiles and nods and yeah, Kos, they show people there really is a difference between Republicans and Democrats, because only Democrats are crazy enough to go down in flames when Ralph Neas and NARAL yell “Burn baby burn!”
    And in the end, the Dems are worn out, the American people are convinced they’re crazy, John Roberts is confirmed– and then Rehnquist retires and Bush could appoint Lyndie England to his seat and the Dems couldn’t get it up again that fast for another go-round in the ring.