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July 19, 2005

Gonzales out of the running

From The Hill:

White House officials have assured select conservative leaders that they will not nominate Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to the Supreme Court to replace retiring Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, according to a conservative familiar with the behind-the-scenes discussions.

The message has filtered out to conservative activists that Gonzales, whom many activists believe would be too liberal on abortion and racial preference issues, is no longer a threat to their cause. That could portend a fierce battle in the Senate in September, as Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) has said Gonzales would be a qualified nominee, suggesting that his selection could have achieved bipartisan consensus.

Senior administration officials have told select conservative leaders that President Bush is likely to nominate either Edith Jones or Edith Clement, members of the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the conservative source said.

It is also possible that would nominate Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan or former Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen, whom the Senate recently confirmed to the 5th Circuit.

Wow, what are the odds of the three top SC nominees all being women!

Obviously Bush is caving into pressure to replace Supreme Court justices based on the out going Justice's plumbing. I find it odd that so few people are speaking out about this. It belittles women, when they are not allowed to compete head-to-head with men in areas that they are just as qualified.

Coverage: Michelle Malkin, Patterico, PoliPundit, Captain's Quarters, Confirm Them, Outside the Beltway

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 19, 2005 09:28 AM

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