I don’t think this is the White House strategy, but I simply don’t know. So a worthwhile e-mail:
Hey, there’s been a lot of talk over the past few days about how Bush could achieve a “Sister Souljah moment” by nominating someone who pro-lifers oppose. I think a nomination like that would instead be viewed by conservatives as a repudiation of Bush’s own principles and promises. It doesn’t take a political genius to recognize the devastating effect that a weak nomination would have on social conservative turnout in 2006 and 2008. A nomination like that would make the first President Bush’s violation of his “no new taxes” pledge appear trivial by comparison. ME: Rick Santorum pays in an especially harsh way, I’d think.