That’s making use of the presidential Scotus power!
So I guess
Judge Roberts is back from London.
As much as I would like it to be Jones, those casting bets in her favor are wrong. I’ve got very solid information that it will not be her. Place your bets.
My Question Right Now
Is anyone reading in John Roberts class in Georgetown’s London program? Want to tell me if he taught today? (Ann Compton supposedly said he is D.C. I don’t know if she was assuming that or knows it.)
is asking Stuart Taylor temperament kinda questions on Roberts on his show right now. I sense he’s getting the same vibe I’ve been getting the last hours or so.
More Ann Compton
Passing on secondhand:
Compton did note that it can’t be Edith Jones because she was in Houston at
4 p.m. (but who’s to say she can’t make it to Washington juuuuust in time if she left at 5 p.m.). Another commonly floated nominee is in Philly [I'm unclear who--anyone know where Mary Ann Glendon is? I can dream.] and John Roberts is in town.
I’m just told: Not Luttig. Ann Compton said so on a WMAL talk show two minutes ago that ABC sources say it’s not Luttig, for what that’s worth.
Did Major Garrett Just Say
that he expects it won’t be anyone who can be perceived as “an angry white man”? I assume there’s no other kind of white male? With every comment like that I become more and more convinced Bush will do the impossible.
Here’s my question: Supposedly when O’Connor was chosen everywoman got goosebumps, wanted to hug her…will men have the same reax if John Roberts is the nominee?
I’ll be on around 10pm. For those that don’t get his show locally, you should be able to listen in through his website here.
While I am not terribly surprised to see the Luttig children in proper attire in DC even if there is not a special occasion, the fact that Luttig is there is interesting. After all, he was down in Richmond this morning to hear oral arguments in the Padilla case, so he clearly had to beat feet back.
The Case for Edith (Jones)
Bush 41 raised taxes. Bush 43 lowered them. Bush 41 went to war with Iraq, but left Hussein in power. Bush 43 toppled the Hussein regime. Bush 41 picked David Souter over Edith Jones for the Supreme Court. Bush 43 . . .
Dark Horses from Off the Bench
Rumors are running wild now that Judge Clement has confirmed she’s out. Most speculation is focusing on judges, but who says the nominee needs judicial experience. Harvard’s Mary Ann Glendon is a possibility, but I doubt it’s her. For a White House that likes surprises, and wants a conservative candidate the Dems can’t tough, there are other options. One intriguing possibility: Maureen Mahoney. Her legal credentials are impeccable and beyond reproach. A former clerk to Chief Justice Rehnquist, she has a sterling conservative reputation, having served in the Bush 41 SG’s office. She was named to a district court in 1991, but the non-obstructionist Democratic Senate never moved on her nomination. There is a wrinkle: She represented the University of Michigan Law School in the affirmative action cases, and made comments suggesting she believed in the law school’s case. But this might not be disqualifying in this administration, as her position was not that far from that of Bush’s own legal team. Picking Mahoney would also suggest Bush is picking a nominee “just like O’Connor.”
has shown pictures of the Luttig family in D.C. today. Kids in uncomfortable-for-D.C.-in-July kinda clothes.
is doing a long night of SCOTUS coverage tonight. You’ll probably be hearing Adler and Coffin. I’ll be on around 10:30.
Charles Grassley very irritably just told Wolf Blitzer Grassley is owed the courtesy of hearing the name of the nominee before you little people hear it.
Just a couple of hours ago, I was convinced that Clement was going to be the pick, based not simply on the popular sentiment, but on a series of conversations I’ve had with people in positions to “know things” over the past few days. But in the last couple of hours, a number of people I trust have expressed that they are now less than convinced, thinking that perhaps Bush will pull a last minute switch. There is even some suggestion that the nominee might not be at the White House when he makes the announcement tonight (which does not make much sense to me, given the prime time spectacle of the thing). There is still some last minute candidate promotion going on, and I note that Judge Alice Batchelder from the Sixth Circuit not only received high praise from Christopher Flannery today on NRO, but that Peter Schramm of the Ashbrook Center likewise has joined the fray in making the case for Batchelder.
Assuming that the mounting speculation is true, and that Clement is not the nominee, I would put my money on Priscilla Owen. She’s got the outside-the-federal-judiciary bona fides that Senator Specter has been crying for, she is from Texas, which raises her stock with Bush, and the leadership was insistent that she be the first judge pushed through after the filibuster logjam was broken, presumably to put her in a position to be elevated when O’Connor retired. Yes, there would be “war,” to quote Chuck Schumer, but the objections raised to Owen were particularly baseless, for reasons set out previously on NRO more than once.