Polls are often very revealing....if one knows where to look and what to look for.
The latest USA Today/CNN Gallup Poll shows what the Democratic strategy on Alito and the entire Supreme Court nomination process needs to be. It is crystal clear.
According to the poll, when asked whether someone who is a "conservative" is essential as a qualification for Supreme Court justice, the breakdown was:
24% Good idea, not essential
32% Doesn't matter
20% Bad idea
3% No opinion.
By a 45-20 count, Americans have bought into the notion that a "Conservative" is good for the Court. The rhetoric works.
Except when that rhetoric is translated into something tangible.
When the question becomes how essential it is for the next justice to be someone who would overturn Roe V. Wade on abortion there is a radical shift:
16% Not essential, but good idea
20% Doesn't matter
42% Bad idea
6% No opinion
We now go to a 42-32 plus for the Democratic position, a huge swing from the 45-20 that is allegedly pro-conservative.
What this poll clearly demonstrates is that the public does not fully understand that the type of conservative that Bush is appointing to the court is a man who will overturn Roe V. Wade. Everything the Democrats do in this process needs to be focused on alerting the public that 'Conservative,' in a judicial sense, means the taking away of a woman's choice. We need to make sure that the word 'Conservative' has the proper connotations attached to it, and not just the false stature that GOP pundits imbue it with.
The GOP is winning the war on image, but when reality is presented, that victory turns into defeat.