This just occured to me. I’ve made the argument that HR 2679, which would eliminate fee reimbursement for the winning side in establishment clause cases, is really just an attempt to hobble the competition because they can’t beat them in court. In case after case, starting with mandatory bible reading and prayer in schools to teaching creationism, the religious right keeps losing in court and they don’t like it. So since they can’t win in court, they want to take away the ability of the opposition to get to court at all. I think we should call this the Tonya Harding Strategy – she couldn’t beat Nancy Kerrigan, so she tried to hobble her on the way to the arena. We can cast the STACLU crowd in the relevant parts. Kender can be Jeff Gillooly and Gribbit has to be Shane Stant, the slack-jawed moron who actually swung the pipe, and Jay can be Shawn Eckardt.