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July 01, 2005

O'Connor Retirement: Talk About Economic Legal Issues

The trap for progressives on the nominations fight for O'Connor's successor is just to talk about abortion and other social issues.   We need to split social conservatives away from their corporate allies and highlight the rightwing ECONOMIC views of potential nominees.

The Supreme Court is the interpreter of legislative statutes and they can either enforce them strongly on behalf of the rights of middle class families or they can give corporations a free pass to loot pensions, poison the environment and violate their employees rights at work. 

We need to wedge the opposition base and, even if some Bush supporters cheer an anti-choice nominee, we should raise questions with them about why that nominee also screws workers in all their legal decisions and never really punish corporations for their wrongdoing.  

Yes, we need to mobilize our supporters but we also need to divide the opposition.  Let's remind people that only a few of the Supreme Court decisions are about hot-button social issues. 

Expand the debate and divide the opposition.  That has to be our gameplan.

Posted by Nathan at July 1, 2005 12:05 PM