November 10, 2004


Bush Taps Gonzales for Attorney General Post (Hispanic Business, November 10, 2004)

U.S. President George W. Bush on Wednesday tapped the White House general counsel for the post of attorney general, U.S. broadcaster CNN reported.

Alberto Gonzales would be the first Hispanic Attorney General.

Having just approved his nomination to be AG, how would Senate Democrats justify blocking his Court nomination?

-Pro-lifers not thrilled with Gonzales choice (World Net Daily, November 10, 2004)
-Gonzales considers Supreme Court's future: Bush counsel is listing potential justice nominees, but he won't say if he's one of them (KRISTEN MACK, 11/05/2004 Houston Chronicle)
-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales's Texas Execution Memos:
How They Reflect on the President, And May Affect Gonzales's Supreme Court Chances (JOHN W. DEAN, Jun. 20, 2003, FindLaw)
-Online NewsHour: Newsmaker: Alberto Gonzales (November 28, 2001)
-Alberto Gonzales: The White House Counsel who Potential U.S. Judges Must Please (Gregory Rodriguez, March 25, 2001, Los Angeles Times)
-Judging Gonzales: Conservatives worry about Bush’s Supreme Court pick. (Ramesh Ponnuru, 2//11/03, National Review)
-Speedy Gonzales: Bush's fast-rising counsel. (Ramesh Ponnuru, April 30, 2001, National Review)
-Lone Star Justice: Alberto Gonzales' strange views of international law. (Alan Berlow, June 15, 2004, Slate)

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 10, 2004 1:47 PM

Wahoo! A Hispanic Souter on the Court!

Posted by: Paul Cella at November 10, 2004 2:00 PM

Paul - he's being named AG, not to the Court. There is speculation he will eventually get named to the Court but let's wait to see if that actually happens. My bet is Bush realizes Souter was a mistake by Bush I and won't make the same mistake. That's why increasing the GOP majority in the Senate (and perhaps not letting Specter be chairman) is so important.

Posted by: AWW at November 10, 2004 2:05 PM

AG was named AG so that he would not be the first Court nominee. That will probably be Estrada or Janice Rogers Brown (or Michael McConnell).

If Ridge leaves, Bush could also name Larry Thompson to Homeland Security.

The GOP is far more inclusive than the Democrats dream of being.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 10, 2004 2:25 PM

I agree with Jim. Especially if a vacancy occurs this session, it would be too disruptive to Justice to name him to the SC. My money is on Janice Brown.

Posted by: Bob at November 10, 2004 2:57 PM

He's sending this out as a smoke signal to the Democrats if they want to make trouble and to see if evangelicals will accept him.

Posted by: Bart at November 10, 2004 3:50 PM