October 27, 2005
Next Nomination Cheat Sheet and VOTE
NOTE: Updates added, please scroll.
Who’s next? Take a minute and VOTE! Look left (on the sidebar); Vote right.
Ironically, the President this next time needs to nominate a divisive figure: someone, that is, who is drawing fire from the right quarters.
Or actually the Left quarters.
Someone whose name is not anywhere near Harry Reid’s short list.
Janice Rogers Brown
Someone like Judge Janice Rogers Brown. People for the American Way hate her. Need I say more? This would be what someone referred to as a “bench-clearing fight.” Bring it on.
Or, someone like Ted Olson. I sat next to Ted at a luncheon honoring his wife, Barbara, shortly after she died on 9/11. He is such a gracious gentleman. I realize that has little to do with qualifications for the Supreme Court. (Or does it?) But there’s plenty more that does. The Left hates him too.
Or, someone like Edith Jones. “I am hopeful that with the debacles of the twentieth century … we can recover the original intentions of the founders of the Constitution,” Jones said in a speech at the University of Texas. She thinks Roe v. Wade was an exercise in “raw judicial power.”
More coming. . .
Or someone like Alice Batchelder.
Not sure who she is? Christopher Flannery, from Claremont, makes the case for her.
Or, Michael Luttig. Graduated from UVA, worked for Reagan and clerked for Scalia. A triple-threat. And upheld the constitutionality of a partial-birth abortion ban. [corrected] That should be a no-brainer, but in these judicial times, that makes you pretty gutsy.
And Michael McConnell. Talk about guts — and intellectual honesty: he’s on the record calling Roe “an embarrassment to those who take consitutional law seriously.” PFAW
hates “strongly opposes” him too. Still, like John Roberts, even many on the Left concede that he is “one of America’s most distinguished constitutional scholars.”
And finally, Samuel Alito. Another Reaganite who is on the Left’s hit list for a ruling in an abortion case. Alito was the sole dissenter in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, in the Third Circuit, arguing in favor of a Pennsylvania law that required wives to notify their husband’s prior to an abortion. Again, not exactly, a wild-eyed idea, but enough to get him in trouble.
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UPDATE: For the POLL, use the comments, or email me, with your write-in candidates. . . I will tally and add these in with a final report.
FRIDAY UPDATE: Welcome Powerline readers (Thanks John!) And welcome Captain’s Quarters readers; thanks Ed.
Lee Jenkins writes in with Karen Williams.
MORE WRITE-INS: (The complete list — links to follow)
Maureen Mahoney (Background post from law-blogger, A3G)
Judge Roy Moore
Diane Sykes, 7th Circuit
Richard Posner (A blogger on the Supreme Court!)
Emilio Garza, 5th Circuit
. . . and John Cornyn
And note to the White House: the ultimate stealth strategy is floated in the comments — both Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham are attorneys. Turn one of them loose on the Judiciary Committee.
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Here are profiles of Samuel Alito, Janice Rogers Brown and others from WaPo.
Confirm Them has profile links down the right sidebar.
Thanks to Mudville’s Open Post. Hey, milbloggers: take a minute and VOTE!
GOPUSA did an overnight poll, Bobby Eberle at the Loft reports, of 1,000 conservative Republicans and found the majority felt the Miers withdrawal was the right thing. Who did they want as the next nominee? Janice Rogers Brown.
The Washington Post has an overview of possible candidates this morning.