ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Gonzalez is out

Well, it looks like W is going to live up to his campaign promises... unless there's some unkown out there who pulls a Souter on us. My guess is that we're in for an interesting confirmation process, as we watch the Left go apopletic over the nominee.

Conservatives are told it will not be Gonzales
By Alexander Bolton

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.

Edith Jones is no slouch... As I've said previously, I prefer Miguel Estrada but Edith would be just fine - if only she had a better first name.

***UPDATE***
WaPo
(via Drudge) reports that Edith Clement may be the choice.... word has it that the nomination will occur today. Fasten your seatbelts and return tray tables and seat backs to the upright position.
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is close to making his first nomination to the Supreme Court, and Washington was abuzz with speculation Tuesday about Judge Edith Clement of the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

There was no word from the White House on when Bush would disclose his selection but officials familiar with the process said it appeared an announcement was imminent. No one claimed to have been told the name by Bush, but Republican strategists and others focused on Clement, a 57-year-old jurist who was confirmed on a 99-0 vote by the Senate when she was elevated to the appeals court in 2001.

The fact that she was confirmed 99-0 so recently will give the GOP an argument that she should receive a vote and not be filibustered.

;-)

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler