Why Jonah isn’t a political consultant
Oh. This is good advice:
THE POLITICS OF SCOTUS [Jonah Goldberg]
I fall somewhere between Ramesh and Rod on this. But I don’t see any downside whatsoever in George W. Bush going before the cameras and delivering a sober but stern denunciation of this ruling. The principles are obvious. On the political front, it sets the stage for nomination battles to come in a new and helpful way. Home-owners hitch many of their political views to the set of interests revolving around their homes, and for good reason. Moreover, home-ownership is at an all time high, including black home ownership, which means there are large numbers of middle and lower-middle income voters who are in a moment of political transition where they see their interests in a new light. Why shouldn’t Bush go out there and say we need judges who appreciate that property rights are just as valuable as any other right, that the state shouldn’t be able to seize your home to reward political contributors? He already has a lot of talking points about how owning a home is the ticket to the American dream.
Well there is that little problem with Arlington Stadium on which George Bush’s fortune lies:
In 1993, while walking through the stadium, Bush told the Houston Chronicle, “When all those people in Austin say, ‘He ain’t never done anything,’ well, this is it.” But Bush would have never gotten the stadium deal off the ground if the city of Arlington had not agreed to use its power of eminent domain to seize the property that belonged to the Mathes family. And evidence presented in the Mathes lawsuit suggests that the Rangers’ owners — remember that Bush was the managing general partner — were conspiring to use the city’s condemnation powers to obtain the thirteen-acre tract a full six months before the ASFDA was even created.
I think that George Bush should hold a press conference on this.