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July 01, 2005



There's a good chance you are going to go back to your first reaction when Bush names his nominee. At least, I hope so! Cheers!


I fully expect Bush to pick someone unacceptable. It's takes something unexpected to elicit that reaction from me.

There are plenty of Republicans who would be acceptable, if distasteful. If Bush were a "uniter," he would pick one of them.

Anyway, this certainly gives us all something to talk about over the holiday weekend.

Mike Thomas

Think Progress has an interesting post about how President Clinton consulted with the Republican minority before making his Supreme Court selections. He was going to nominate Bruce Babbit but changed his mind after Orrin Hatch said that would result in resistance from Republicans. Hatch, instead, suggested Breyer and Ginsburg, and sure enough that's who we ended up with. So Clinton's two nominees were essentially hand-picked and pre-approved by Orrin Hatch and the Senate Republicans.
I doubt that Bush would even bother to call Sen. Patrick Leahy, much less take any suggestions he has seriously.


Q Could you talk about this decision? What you think of it?

Ms. Pelosi. It is a decision of the Supreme Court. If Congress wants to change it, it will require legislation of a level of a constitutional amendment. So this is almost as if God has spoken.

I guess that means the Democratic leader in the House feels that God also spoke in Bush v. Gore.


I doubt that Bush would even bother to call Sen. Patrick Leahy, much less take any suggestions he has seriously.

The full logic of your attempt at analogy with Clinton/Hatch would be if GW Bush contacted Leahy and Leahy suggested either Janice Rogers Brown or Bill Pryor - neither of whom are any more extremist than Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

bill crawford

Hurray for Clinton, but I don't think he or Bush should consult Congress. The constitution does not say the president has to ask permission first and to do so only weakens the presidency. While I am glad Babbit isn't on the Court, Ginsburg is what the left calls an "extremist" and there's no two ways about that.


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