People seem to think that Alberto Gonzales will be Bush's nominee to the Supreme Court. For my part, that's not a bad thing. Bush was never going to nominate an "out" middle of the roader. So the choice seems to be right wing political freaks, and cronies.
The nice thing about Bush nominating a crony is that no one knows what he actually thinks.
He himself may not know. He's been Bush's lawyer for a long time, crafting whatever advocacy Bush seems to want. Once he gets on the Court, his career is at its pinnacle. There's nowhere to go up from there. There's nothing anyone can give him. He can't be fired. He can do whatever he feels like.
Supreme Court justices are not famous for gratitude to the presidents who nominated them. They can be political -- the right wingers grabbed the 2000 election for their guy -- but out of conviction, not because they have to be.
That's when people find out what they really
stand for. Gonzales may be right wing. He might be a pro-business Main Street Republican. Fifteen years down the line he may be a liberal. Who knows?
Always nice to see the enemy splintering. Like the gays-in-the-military thing, it's a natural wedge issue. It's between the right wing fanatics and the President's loyalists -- and the people who are loyal to Bush do seem to put loyalty above all else.
I don't know. I know that one of the argument in the black community during the Clarence Thomas hearings was that he wouldn't be beholden to his conservative masters once confirmed. That was wrong, and I'm not sure if Gonzales would suddenly have an epiphany. The Bushes are big on loyalty, and they seem to attract people who crave that loyalty (Condi Rice being one). I think that Gonzales wouldn't be the worst justice ever, but he definitely won't be good.
Gonzales is a moderate compared to any of the other canidates that Bush might push.
C. Thomas turned out to be the judge ever supreme court expert thought he'd be. His conservative slant wasn't surprising.
If Bush hints that his pick will be Gonzales the Dems should throw a parade and immediatly confirm him..hell make it unanimous to make themselves look good.
Once the next justice retires..they'll have more leeway to throw a huge fight up.
The second justice is where Bush will put his anti
Roe vs. Wade type of judge on the nomination block.
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