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George Mitchell Back into the Fray?


Two points of interest in Business Week’s Supreme Court story:

1) Former Senate majority leader George Mitchell (D., Me.) may take the lead for Democrats in opposing the president’s Supreme Court nominee. Mitchell is currently chairman of the board at Walt Disney, chairman of the law firm DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, and a member of Staples’ board of directors. How do these companies feel about Mitchell joining the left side of this debate?

2) Democratic strategist Steve Elmendorf is refreshingly candid about liberal groups’ interest in an ugly confirmation battle: “They’re all trying to raise money. The groups have an interest in having a fight. If there’s no fight, there’s no money.” When will the mainstream press report on the parochial motives of the liberal interest groups attacks on constitutionalist nominees?


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