Last spring George Bush took a real hit to his overall popularity by supporting the cause of Terri Schiavo. The pro life movement and people such as myself are simply squeamish at the thought of cutting off food and water to any human being, we're in agreement with the pro life position.
But the overall majority of Americans were not. If one looks back at the numbers that is when Bush really began to see an erosion in his approval numbers.
Likewise the majority of Americans are in support of embryonic stem cell research. But again, the socalled base of the Republican party is not.
In regards to the Supreme Court, most people support the notion of an up or down vote for nominees but do not support the notion of a nuclear option. This would indicate to me that most people prefer compromise over confontration when possible.
Since the awful death of Terri Schiavo I have not really changed my mind on a personal level but I have come to realize that on a national level it was a mistake.
I think most Americans would view a long drawn out and contentious battle over the Supreme Court in much the same way. They don't want luminaries or stars running the Court, they want intelligent fair people with a sense of their place and purpose.
Will the right wing of the Republican party do the same thing to their party's chances of national domination that the left has done to the Democrats?
Both extremes believe they are entitled to final say and they have a special place in each party...could we find ourselves with a dysfunctional political system?
And what part do pundits and the press play in this?
Are the Krauthammers and Wills and Dowds and Krugmans really that important?