Tuesday, July 12, 2005
The die has been cast
Instead of waiting around for Bush to name his pick to replace O'connor on the Bench, the democrats have put out a list of recomendations to replace her. I think this is a pragmatic approach to doing business that will allow for more public debate on the justice instead of the tight lipped secrecy that usually goes along with Bush justice nominees. I think this sort of work could help create more of an air of openness and co operation in our government. Instead of having a big divisive political fight over this.
Top Senate Democrats floated the names of potential candidates for the Supreme Court on Tuesday in a meeting with President Bush, describing them as the type of nominee who could avoid a fierce confirmation battle.
Several officials familiar with the discussion said Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Ed Prado of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, both of whom are Hispanic, were among the names mentioned as Bush met with key lawmakers from both parties to discuss the first high court vacancy in 11 years.