23 October 2003
Shades of Brown
Stuart Buck has been watching the Janice Rogers Brown confirmation hearings, and he's got a question:
Senator Dick Durbin asked her whether her legal and philosophical views were "within the political mainstream." Why do Democrats keep repeating this theme? Who cares whether a view is "mainstream"? Protecting slavery was once "mainstream," at least among the Democrats of that time, which should be at least prima facie evidence that the "mainstream" isn't always right.
And I suspect they'll keep repeating this theme so long as their strategy, such as it is, depends on painting as many Republicans as "extremist" as they possibly can.