His party's House Majority Leader was indicted and forced to step down; his Senate Majority Leader is being investigated for shady stock dealings; his FEMA apparatus botched the response to Hurricane Katrina; he wasn't able to kill Social Security; his buddy Harriet Miers was laughed out of contention for the Supreme Court; his Vice President is in the crosshairs of Treasongate after his chief-of-staff was indicted with five felony counts; his own "brain" remains in legal jeopardy; and noone trusts his warmongering strategy in the Middle East anymore.
This is not exactly the strongest position to be in while making another Supreme Court nomination. Rather than govern from the middle, as a real leader would do in a time like this, George decided it was better to make a political calculation that would shore up his base. This morning he nominated Samuel A. Alito to fill the SCOTUS vacancy.
To be sure, Alito is a staunch conservative. Here are just a few bits of past rulings that make my blood run cold on this Halloween Monday. Via the indispensable Think Progress:
I hope this nomination serves as a big BLINKING NEON-SIGN NOTICE to all women in this country. You will no longer be in control of your body if this nomination makes it to the Supreme Court.
This is not about abortion.
This is about who gets to make the decisions in your life. Would you rather have the ability to discuss your options with your doctor, and make a reasoned choice that way? Or would you rather the decision be made by a group of men sitting behind a big wooden slab wearing black robes?
George Bush has made it clear that you are a second-class citizen, along with those who have disabilities, happen to be minority, or are in need of personal time to take care of a sick family member. This is the Republican model of Compassionate Conservatism in action.
You get what you voted for, I suppose. Don't make the same mistake in 2006.