July 18, 2005


Conservatives are told it will not be Gonzales (Alexander Bolton, 7/19/05, The Hill)

White House officials have assured select conservative leaders that they will not nominate Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to the Supreme Court to replace retiring Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, according to a conservative familiar with the behind-the-scenes discussions.

The message has filtered out to conservative activists that Gonzales, whom many activists believe would be too liberal on abortion and racial preference issues, is no longer a threat to their cause. That could portend a fierce battle in the Senate in September, as Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) has said Gonzales would be a qualified nominee, suggesting that his selection could have achieved bipartisan consensus.

Senior administration officials have told select conservative leaders that President Bush is likely to nominate either Edith Jones or Edith Clement, members of the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the conservative source said.

It is also possible that would nominate Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan or former Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen, whom the Senate recently confirmed to the 5th Circuit.

Cease foaming.

N.B. -- Sounds like they could announce as early tomorrow morning.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 18, 2005 11:13 PM

Not so fast! It sounds like there's a whole new foam target.

Posted by: Timothy at July 18, 2005 11:22 PM


Posted by: Robert Schwartz at July 19, 2005 12:05 AM

Anybody who inspires the rending of garments over at the NY Times editorial board is fine by me.

Posted by: bart at July 19, 2005 8:23 AM

Epater le Times, eh, bart? I like it. I like it a lot.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at July 19, 2005 10:01 AM

The amount of time, energy, and frothing over potential SC picks has been astounding. I still think Bush wants to put an hispanic on the court but perhaps he feels that a) he has to replace O'Connor with a woman and b) he will have another pick coming up.

Posted by: AWW at July 19, 2005 11:05 AM

We like our frothing; however, it is best done in the basement, far away from the TV cameras and talk radio.

Posted by: ratbert at July 19, 2005 2:25 PM