October 30, 2005

Why not do a political vault over the casket of Rosa Parks?

Lawprof Douglas Berman thinks that the real nominee behind the Alito rumors is not Luttig, but Janice Rogers Brown:
President Bush "and First Lady Laura Bush were scheduled to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony this evening honoring late civil rights activist Rosa Parks." Wouldn't it be an incredible moment of political theater and strategy to announce the SCOTUS nomination of Brown at this event? The President could describe Brown as the judicial equivalent of Rosa Parks, and framing the nomination in such terms would, I think, greatly impact the political dynamics and debate surrounding this nomination.
Oh, it would be an incredible moment all right. An incredible moment of mind-shattering bad taste.

19 comments:

Troy said...

That choice morsel of political theatre would make choosing Harriet Miers seem genius in comparison.

John Jenkins said...

No one would do that. It's just not going to happen (maybe in a later speech saying that JRB is where she is in part thanks to RP is politically useful, but at the ceremony? Yeesh).

traderrob said...

Your opinion, bad taste. My opinion, a political master stroke. The Dims wouldn't hesitate to exploit the situation, nor should we.

EddieP said...

trader:

It's the same great taste displayed by the dems at the Paul Wellstone memorial. They could have a bonfire, cheerleaders,etc. JRB could arrive by bus. I may be wrong, but I think Bush has too much class for that, it's definitely an idea that would appeal to dems though.

Art said...

And since it's the eve of Halloween...and elaborating on a comment from my wife.

"Seconds after the President made the nomination, a creeking echoed off the dome of the rotunda. A gap, small at first, appeared around the rim of the casket. Suddenly, the lid flipped open like a Jack in the Box in the hands of a toddler on Christmas morning."

limeshurbet said...
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limeshurbet said...

I can see the left-wing blogs now.

"Chimpy had Rosa wacked for political gain."

Troy said...

It would be a masterstroke if Dems did it because they would get a pass.

Bush, you know... hates Black folks, creates hurricanes to do them damage and blows up levees to flood them out of their homes. He wants to "turn back the clock" (my personal fave).

I say don't do it if for no other reason than not having to listen to Sharpton's pie-hole one more time.

Ann Althouse said...

Thanks for reminding me to turn back my downstairs clock!

Averageman said...

Hmmm...

One can anticipate some respected elder spokesperson for African-American causes saying, "Mr. President, I worked with Rosa Parks. I knew Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks was a friend of mine. Mr. President, Janice Rogers Brown is no Rosa Parks."

Ron said...

Good God, Ann, I agree that this is astonishing bad taste! Perhaps Prof. Berman would also wish they could could bring a displaced-by-Katrina Voodoo Master from New Orleans to make a zombieRosa Parks croak her approval of Janice Rogers Brown on Halloween! Now that's political
grandstanding! And what's doubly frightening is that if they could do it...they might do it...

paulfrommpls said...

I agree it would be astonishingly bad taste.

I also agree with the comment that if a Democratic president chose to do something parallel, it would be hailed in the press as a great moment advancing the cause of Rosa Parks. Republicans would grumble to no great effect.

L. Ron Halfelven said...

If Bush did it it would be worse than the Wellstone service. Wellstone at least was a politician.

wildaboutharrie said...

traderrob, if you please, who are the "dims" and who are "we"?

traderrob said...

'who are the "dims" and who are "we"'

Dims are Dims, we = everyone else.

Undecided said...

That was the the funniest damn title to a post! I can't help laughing. The imagery you created is just too much. Tears in my eyes.

jeff said...

Agreed. It would be a horrible time to do anything at all political.

SWBarns said...

Too late, Chuck Schumer just used Mrs. Parks’ coffin as a soap box stating Alito would “roll back the achievements of Rosa Parks.”

Now we can test Troy’s hypothesis on whether Dem’s would get a pass.

Paul said...

Here is Schumer's comment:

"Like Rosa Parks, Judge Alito will be able to change history by virtue of where he sits. The real question today is whether Judge Alito will use his seat on the bench, just as Rosa Parks used her seat on the bus, to change history for the better, or whether he would use that seat to reverse much of what Rosa Parks and so many others fought so hard and for so long to put in place. Judge Alito's visit to Rosa Parks this morning was appropriate. His record, as I'm sure Rosa Parks would agree, is much more important."

... and I think Troy was right. Not a peep of dismay from MSM or the left.