Carol Platt Liebau: Senatorial Support

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Senatorial Support

Bob Novak reports that support for a new Supreme Court nominee among Republican senators seems to be focused on the Fourth Circuit's Karen Williams and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan.

If true, it's interesting that they're still fixated on nominating a woman. There are two ways to interpret this fact: Either they're stuck in misguided and increasingly irrelevant "diversity politics" -- or they are correctly identifying and trying to respond to a real political necessity, recognizing that putting two "pale males" on the Supreme Court will result in significant political fallout that next year's Democratic candidates can use to their advantage.

My personal inclination is to choose the best candidate -- male, female, whatever -- and let the rest take care of itself. But without access to polling and other political information, it's hard to know whether that's simply a principled stance for the GOP, or a self-destructive one.


Blogger Poison Pero said...

I say we must pick a minority
And we must pick a Woman
And we must pic the most deserving person

We have that person, her name is Janice Rogers Brown
She has the grit to make it through the process, and I'm dying to see the Dems attack a Black Woman on national TV.

5:39 PM  
Blogger stackja1945 said...

Anyone Bush nominates for the SCOTUS will be attacked from the left or from the right, too much negativity, why I do not know.

6:01 PM  
Blogger Draino said...

Robert Novak has a lot of freaking nerve to say ANYTHING this week. The guy is more of partisan hack than Judy Miller. The fact that he isn't "reporting" (I use the term loosely) from a jail cell is the only part of Fitzgerald's investigation I don't understand.

6:01 AM  

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