Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Supreme Court nominee?


"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.

Asked whether he expected an announcement, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said Tuesday, "I don't know, but I don't think so."

White House press secretary Scott McClellan would say only: "The president is closer today than he was yesterday on naming a nominee,"

In anticipation of a selection, officials said the White House had contacted selected Republican senators they hoped would serve as advocates for the nominee in media interviews in the initial time following an announcement. Democrats scoured the rulings and writings of leading contenders, including 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.

"My desire is to get this process moving so that someone will be confirmed _ whoever he or she is _ will be confirmed by October" when the court reconvenes," Bush said Monday.

White House officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk publicly about the process, said Bush's timetable appears to have been accelerated and that a choice could come as early as Tuesday. They said Clement is a leading candidate, but cautioned that the president had not made a final decision and that there were other prospects still in the mix."- Drudge Report

Anyone have a good nominee to replace Sandra Day O'Connor? Who do you think the President is most likely to pick?

3 Comments:

  • Well, it looks like it's going to be Edith something, who I don't know that much about. But we will know for sure tonight at 9. ;) Did you know there was this site out there where you can buy and sell "stock" in possible judicial nominees ( www.scotusmarket.com )? It looks like fun and I was going to join it, but now the President is going to go ahead and ruin it tonight...:)

    By Blogger Ashley, at 6:21 PM  

  • Well,

    We know for sure who his nominee is now. :D

    By Blogger David Ketter, at 8:27 PM  

  • yup....:)

    By Blogger MVB, at 11:29 PM  

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