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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Moose In Heat

If the Mooselings may say so themselves, it seems like quite the coincidence that on Tuesday, President Bush decided to follow in the Moose’s trail back to Waco, TX on what will be his longest-ever vacation from the White House. While the temperatures there were said to top a blazing 100 degrees, and it hardly seems that it could get hotter than the past few days in the District, the Mooselings are doing the best they can to stand the heat. It seems, though, that it may finally be starting to get to certain right-wing headliners.

David D. Kirkpatrick reported in the New York Times yesterday that none other than our friend, House Majority Leader Tom Delay, will be going on TV to star in “Justice Sunday II,” a Christian telecast set to air in churches nationwide and to be distributed on video (and perhaps even DVD-?):

Mr. DeLay will appear on Aug. 14 in a Nashville megachurch along with prominent Christian conservatives including James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family; Charles W. Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries; and Phyllis Schlafly, founder of the Eagle Forum. The event's subtitle is a prayer recited when the Supreme Court meets: "God Save the United States and this Honorable Court." A "Justice Sunday" telecast on April 24 depicted Democrats as "against people of faith" when they blocked judicial nominees after questioning them about their personal beliefs on topics like abortion.

Mr. DeLay did not appear in that telecast, but earlier this year, he threatened that the judges would have "answer for their behavior" after they declined to intervene in the case of Terri Schiavo. At a Christian conservatives conference called "Confronting the Judicial War on Faith," he said the judiciary had "run amok" in making decisions about abortion and school prayer. He also blamed Congress as failing to exercise authority over the court.

The Mooselings muse that such broadcasts may not be the smartest strategy for building consensus in the country, much less the Republican party:

Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee, the Republican leader, has repeatedly distanced himself from Mr. DeLay's statements.

"We must also be clear that the balance of power among all three branches requires respect, not retaliation," Mr. Frist said in a videotaped address at the first Justice Sunday telecast. "I won't go along with that."

A Mooseling could chalk the discord up to an invitation lost in the mail or, say, a difference of opinion on stem cells. But "Justice Sunday II” tapes later this month in Sen. Frist’s home state, and it’ll be tough to predict where the debate over other issues like the Roberts nomination will have taken us or how the GOP will decide to plan their message. While the Mooselings always enjoy it when a little prayer takes place, they're going to sit this one out. As to whether or not Delay and Frist will continue their squabbles, sometimes, the Mooselings suppose, you've just got to have faith.

– The Mooselings
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