Chuck Colson
This week, more than two months after President Bush nominated him, the Senate will finally vote on Judge Samuel Alito’s elevation to the Supreme Court. In a final, all-too-typical move, the vote was put off a week at the behest of Alito’s opponents.

Why? Nobody seriously expects another week to make a difference. With a few exceptions, senators probably knew how they were going to vote before the hearings. So, why put off the vote?

The most likely answer has nothing to do with Judge Alito or even the Supreme Court. Instead, it’s about what the former Speaker of the California Assembly, Jesse Unruh, famously called the “Mother’s Milk of Politics”: money.

The extra week gives interest groups another week to stay in close contact with their respective supporters and ask for urgent support. It’s another week to remind supporters that, regardless of the outcome, the “struggle” goes on—with the asking group, of course, leading the way.

In other words, the postponement is good for fundraising. And, if the past is any guide, the fundraising appeals can be expected to frighten their constituents with visions of a monster guaranteed to tear their wallets open: Christians.

Mind you, not real Christians, not the type you see in church. The Christians of appeal letters are straight out of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale: would-be theocrats who, given the chance, would establish an apple pie Inquisition. And, needless to say, confirming Judge Alito represents just such a “chance.”


Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
 
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