Monday, October 31, 2005
not a mind-blowing prediction
The only case where the option will ever see daylight is if one side has a political incentive to lose. E.g., if the Democrats really want to paint the Republicans as strong-arming thugs, they might sacrifice the tactic for the P.R. advantage. Or, more cynically, if it ever looks like a Democrat is about to be elected President, they may sacrifice the P.R. for the tactical advantage.
For now, however, Alito is too temperate, and elections are too distant. For anything but conventional warfare, we'll have to wait for JRB's nom in '08.