July 20, 2005

SKUNKED AGAIN:

As All Washington Guessed, Bush Zeroed In on His Choice (ELISABETH BUMILLER, 7/20/05, NY Times)

Mr. Bush had spent three days of the previous week in interviews with five Supreme Court finalists, including Judge Roberts, Mr. McClellan said. But with Judge Roberts, said Dan Bartlett, the White House counselor, "the credentials just jumped off the page."

The president and Judge Roberts spoke in the sitting room of the White House residence for an hour on Thursday, Mr. Bartlett said, and the president asked him a number of personal questions about his upbringing in small-town Indiana. Mr. Bartlett would not say if the two talked about Judge Roberts's positions on abortion and other divisive issues before the court.

Mr. Bush's announcement, in unusual live prime-time remarks on Tuesday night from the Cross Hall of the White House, ended one of the most bizarre and suspenseful days in the capital in recent memory. Rumors raced from Capitol Hill to television talking heads to the Internet to advocacy groups and back, and the name of the president's supposed nominee changed minute by minute. Yet the close-mouthed Bush White House kept secret until the end the most sought-after piece of information this summer.


Nothing was ever more certain inside the Beltway than that when everyone knew it was Judge Clement it wasn't.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 20, 2005 6:15 AM
Comments

Of course, it also reinforced in the minds of the public that the D.C. media and all of the speculative games it plays are really no subsitute for actual reporting. Shrewd.

Posted by: kevin whited at July 20, 2005 11:08 AM
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