Tuesday, July 19, 2005

One Speculation Squelched

As reported in the prior post, todays's speculation on Bush's Supreme Court nominee centered on Judge Edith Clement of the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. Belay that. ABC News has now reported that Judge Clement received a phone call from the White House saying that the President has decided to go in another direction.

Speculations now are all over the map. Some people are keying in on who is in Washington and could be available to be at the President's 9:00 announcement. Others are noting that the nominee need not be present at the announcement. Stay tuned.

As pointed out earlier, Judge Clement's short judicial record made conservatives nervous because they remember the nomination of Justice Souter all too well. Souter had an even shorter record, which then was considered a political virtue for the confirmation battle in the Senate. Though New Hampshire Republicans vouched for Souter's conservative bona fides, he has been a fairly reliable vote for the liberal bloc.

This time, conservatives want a highly qualified judge with a strong conservative track record. No Souter, no Kennedy, and no Stevens. The Constitution is too important to be left to the whims of the day, and its interpretation should be consistent with the plain meaning of the words and the intentions of the drafters.

If you want to be one of the first to know the identity of the nominee, watch Pres. Bush at 9:00 Eastern time (6:00 Pacific). Cross your fingers.

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