Mr. Bush is under no obligation to reward Senators who have mistreated his nominees in this fashion. He owes far more to the supporters who helped him win re-election and his party pick up five Southern Senate seats last year. To vet his nominees with this Gang of 14 is a virtual guarantee of judicial mediocrity--of a lowest-common-denominator choice or a philosophic cipher.Yes. Now that the logjam is broken,I suspect they will send nominees whose ideology threatens to break up this "Axis of Wobblers" so that it falls apart before a contest over the Supreme Court.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Cover for Red-State Democrats
Today's OpinionJournal/WSJ pegs the recent Senate compromise on judicial nominees for what it truly is -- political cover for a few Red-State Democratic Senators who now hope to move Bush's future Supreme Court choices leftward toward people they can support (Byrd-WV, Landrieu-LA, Pryor-AR, Nelson-NE, Salazar-CO). Money quote: