September 17, 2005

HOW ABOUT ANOTHER SURPRISE PARTY?:

Bush to Meet With Senators Over Second Vacancy on Court (DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK, 9/17/05, NY Times)

[C]onservative allies of the White House say they do not expect him to select someone until the full Senate votes on the confirmation of Judge John G. Roberts Jr. as chief justice later this month. The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the Roberts nomination on Thursday. Justice O'Connor has said she will continue to sit with the court until her replacement is confirmed.

Senate aides said Mr. Bush has invited Senator Arlen Specter, the Pennsylvania Republican who is chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, the committee's ranking Democratic member, as well as Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee, the majority leader, and Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader. [...]

Mr. Bush previously met with Democratic and Republican senators before he nominated Judge Roberts. Democratic aides say Mr. Bush listened to their suggestions but did not seek their views on specific names under consideration.

His choice of Judge Roberts, who was initially picked to succeed Justice O'Connor and then re-nominated to be chief justice after the death of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, came as a surprise to senators on both sides of the aisle.


Gotta love how he can score points just for meeting with them then not listen to a word they said. That's the chief value of diplomacy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 17, 2005 8:28 AM
Comments

Another word comes to mind: tact.

The ability to tell someone to go to hell, and have them actually look forward to going on the trip.

Posted by: AllenS at September 17, 2005 8:44 AM
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