Alex's Outlook

Thursday, June 26, 2003

Speculation abounds about a Supreme Court retirement later today. The White House is probably desperate not to have a vacancy, because Bush's popularity would probably end up as collateral damage no matter whom Bush nominates. But Sandra Day O'Connor might retire no matter what Bush wants (thank god). Some people still think Gonzalez is the frontrunner for the nomination, but I think Bush would be nuts to nominate such a confirmed liberal. He has really pushed his base around on Medicare, the deficit, growth of government, farm subsidies, campaign finance and free trade. Settling on a confirmed prochoicer like Gonzalez would only prove to pro-lifers that the last 30 years they've invested in politics has been entirely in vain.

If Bush is smart and gives Gonzalez a pass, there are tons of staunch conservatives out there. California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown is a highly conservative black woman, which places her at the front of the line by default. I'm not sure her stance on abortion is clear, however.

Other conservative judges' names thrown around are J. Michael Luttig and J. Harvie Wilkinson (4th circuit); and Edith Jones and Emilio Garza of the 5th cuicuit. (Garza is possible because he's Hispanic.)

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