posted on Sep, 4 2005 @ 05:41 AM
ROFL Curme, I can't believe I didn't think of that!
As for Bush picking his people based on business interests, I'd say from reading John G Roberts article on Wikipedia that he doesn't seem to fit the
bill. This indicates to me that Bush has a lot less wiggle room right now and has to play a tougher game.
You've also got to consider that Bush's pick of cabinet officers (as well as his selection of Roberts) indicates a strong loyalty to the old guard
of the Republican elite who have been seen virtually every Republican administration since Nixon and Ford, possibly because of his father's input.
There are a few people on the DC Circuit who might fit this criteria, but their ability to actually be approved is questionable.
There is Karen Lecraft Henderson, nominated by Bush 41. She served as Deputy Attorney General of South Carolina under the administration of James B.
Edwards, who later became Secretary of Energy for Reagan.
She's a woman, and she does have that going for her at least. I can't find much more.
Then there is Douglas Howard Ginsberg, current Chief Justice of the DC Circuit. Coiner of the phrase "constitution in exile" and Reagan's nominee
after Bork. The main reason he isn't already on the Supreme Court is because the war on drugs was a big deal at the time and it was revealed that he
had smoked pot while he was a professor at Harvard Law School. Anthony Kennedy currently sits in the seat that otherwise would have been Ginsberg's
and I'm sure that's not something that sits well with Bush and the old guard Republican executives who fill his cabinet.
I think his chances of being approved are slim to none- he's already been rejected once. That's a bit of a stigma.
I think Sentelle is out because of his connections to the Ken Starr investigation.
Arthur Randolph is a Bush 41 appointee and former deputy solicitor general who may have the stuff, but I don't see anything special that he has going
Thomas Griffith didn't take nearly as much heat in the battle over his nomination to the DC Circuit and that in and of itself might be enough to have
Bush put him up.
Laurence Silberman was a part of the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan administrations, including the Reagan DoD as part of the General Advisory Committee on
Arms Control and Disarmament and the Department of Defense Policy Board. I think that makes him fit the pattern of what I'd expect Bush to nominate
almost perfectly, assuming that he has what it takes to be confirmed.
If Bush draws from the DC Circuit I'm expecting Silberman or Henderson. I think J. Rogers Brown would be an incredible longshot. Being forced into
the nuclear option would be seriously bad mojo for the Republicans going into a midterm election.
I'll have to look around at other courts later. If Bush could just have the perfect nominee genetically engineered, I think he'd be looking for a
black woman from California who was a strict constructionist and by that philosophy was soft on federal regulation of abortion. If it weren't for
that last part, and of course those pesky (and at least fairly accurate) writings on how excessive social programs are inconsistent with democracy,
Janice Rogers Brown would be perfect, but I just don't think she'll fly. She's still 10 years younger than many on the DC Circuit, and she's new.
I think the Republicans would be wise to store her in a cool dry place so she doesn't decay and bring her back up in 4 or 8 years (assuming they lose
in 2008, which I think they very well might).