Carol Platt Liebau: The New Short List?

Monday, June 04, 2007

The New Short List?

Here is a piece about the judges up for consideration should a Supreme Court justice announce his (or her) retirement this spring.

For most intents and purposes, it looks like a pretty solid list . . . and it had better. After last week's slur directed at his base, President Bush absolutely cannot afford to alienate conservatives any more than he already has by making a controversial choice (a la Harriet Miers).

In fact, a fight over a good Supreme Court nominee should be something the White House should welcome. For too long, it's been fighting battles on the defensive when it comes to everything from Iraq to immigration. The issues implicated in a Supreme Court nomination hearing play to Republican strengths -- and they unify a base that badly needs it.

Chances are that neither Justices Ginsburg nor Stevens will retire, if they think they can hold on until the advent of a Democratic president, perhaps for precisely these reasons.


Blogger LarryD said...

Problem is, the Democrats can just refuse to process any Supreme Court appointment.

They were getting away with it before, when they didn't have a bare majority in the Senate, they can certainly get away with it now. They don't even need to abuse the Filibuster, just table the appointment indefinitely in the Judiciary Committee.

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