May 9, 2006


Rove prepares 20 judges (Alexander Bolton, 5/09/06, The Hill)

Presidential adviser Karl Rove and White House counsel Harriet Miers yesterday told conservative activists and Senate staff that the administration would soon send the names of more than 20 judicial nominees to Capitol Hill for confirmation.

The undertaking to move ahead came at a 2:30 meeting at the White House that was boycotted by leading conservatives upset at the slow pace of nominations, according to people who attended the meeting. [...]

Yesterday’s meeting was scheduled to thank conservatives for their work on behalf of President Bush’s nominations to the bench, particularly Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito, both of whom the Senate confirmed within the past year.

Even a Daddy Party has its share of babies.

Senators to Renew Debate on Court Nominee: Democrats Prepare Familiar Argument (Charles Babington, May 9, 2006, Washington Post)

Senate Democrats today will try to make the case that Brett M. Kavanaugh is too much a conservative activist to deserve a federal appellate judgeship. In the process, they may experience some unsettling flashbacks to the Supreme Court confirmation of John G. Roberts Jr. -- a big success for President Bush and Senate Republicans.

Like Roberts, Kavanaugh, 41, has spent most of his professional life in the service of conservative causes and bosses. Now White House staff secretary, Kavanaugh was deeply involved in Kenneth W. Starr's investigations of President Bill Clinton regarding Whitewater and Monica S. Lewinsky.

Kavanaugh also is widely described as brilliant, affable and disarming, attributes that prevented Democrats from successfully demonizing Roberts. And as they did with the Roberts nomination, Democrats are focusing largely on what they do not know about the nominee, an approach that gained little traction in the chief justice's confirmation debate.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 9, 2006 7:18 AM

The immediate gratification disease raises its ugly head again on the Republican side.

Posted by: John at May 9, 2006 9:47 AM

Just one of the little failings of Democracy. We vote for driven, caring people. People like that don't wait quietly at the back of the line....

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at May 9, 2006 11:08 AM

Share of babies? They're all babies it seems.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 9, 2006 11:43 AM