There was one moment in the press conference last night that the preznit deserves vague credit for. I wonder how the wingnuts will respond to it?
Q Thank you, sir. Mr. President, recently the head of the Family Research Council said that judicial filibusters are an attack against people of faith. And I wonder whether you believe that, in fact, that is what is nominating [sic] Democrats who oppose your judicial choices? And I wonder what you think generally about the role that faith is playing, how it's being used in our political debates right now?
THE PRESIDENT: I think people are opposing my nominees because they don't like the judicial philosophy of the people I've nominated. Some would like to see judges legislate from the bench. That's not my view of the proper role of a judge.[...]
Q Do you think that's an inappropriate statement? And what I asked is --
THE PRESIDENT: No, I just don't agree with it.
Q You don't agree with it.
THE PRESIDENT: No, I think people oppose my nominees because -- because of judicial philosophy.
Of course, he should have said that it's inappropriate, but I wouldn't expect him to be that honest. I wonder if Dobson and friends heard that, and, if they heard it, what their reaction will be. I wonder if they'll somehow try to rationalize their way out of it, and insist that the president was supporting their position. More likely, it seems to me, is a sort of cognitive dissonance that will only further muddy the issue. We'll wait and see.