The Moose anticipates Apocalypse Now!
It's lock and load time in the Nation's Capital. With the O'Connor announcement, the Mother of all Culture War battles will commence. While the President has the opportunity to use this Supreme Court nomination to unite the country, he will likely appease his base and further polarize our politics.
This is the true payoff time for the right wing of the Republican Party. For conservatives, nothing else matters. And this Administration cannot alienate their core supporters at a time the President's popularity is plummeting. The specter of Souter consumes the right.
A polarizing fight on the Court will likely accelerate the separation between Washington and the rest of the country. As activist groups fight one another, most Americans will feel divorced from the fracas. Their concerns about health care, jobs, gas prices will go ignored as the two armies bloody themselves on the cultural war battlefield.
After a bruising battle over a nomination, an opening will widen for a new politics that defies the partisan polarization. That is perhaps the only silver lining of this ominous cloud.
In the meantime - you need not bother to buy a ticket to see world wrecking mayhem on the big screen - the end of all times battle will be seen on Cable TV over the coming months. --