It seems the liars at the National Review and their ideological brethren are having quite an effect on the rank and file, who have dutifully lined up to whoop and cry without bothering to actually put any thought into the matter. There's a surprise. The AP reports that Senate phone banks are being hammered by people insisting that Arlen Specter should not be named chairman of the Judiciary Committee for committing the outrageous sin of pointing out political reality:
Angry conservatives flooded Senate phone and fax lines on Friday demanding that Republicans prevent Sen. Arlen Specter from presiding over the Judiciary Committee after his comments predicting that strongly anti-abortion judicial nominees might be rejected in the Senate...
Senate offices said the response was intense. "We are getting slammed," said Mike Brumas, a spokesman for Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. and a panel member. "Some of them are saying things like, they voted for values on Tuesday and this is a slap in the face."
An aide to Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, another Republican who sits on the Judiciary Committee, said the office was getting several calls a minute, a volume equal to the calls during consideration of the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.
It also reports that the Family Research Council sent out an email alert telling their supporters to call the Senate on this issue. Because, you see, Specter is part of the "reality-based community", while the FRC, the NRO and their followers are part of the "fantasy-based community". In SocialConservativeLand, where they live, the opposition just rolls over for whatever they want to pass, overwhelmed by the incredible 51% "mandate" from the voters. And in SocialConservativeLand, any mention that the opposition might not do so amounts to, as the National Review editors put it, "betrayal". It's a betrayal because people like these little fantasies and to intrude on them with reality, apparently, makes the baby Jesus cry.