The Next Nominee...
May have already been chosen. Various rumors suggest we get an announcement today. But it's important to be clear about the principles involved in this choice.
1. The nominee should have impeccable conservative/originalist credentials. There should be no doubt about the nominee’s conservativism. This means NO as in NO stealth candidates: eg, Maureen Mahoney or Callahan. (The Corner notes reports that are currently circulating that Mahoney is pro-Roe.)
2. The nominee should be on record as a critic of several of the cases listed below—with opposition to Roe as the sine qua non of an acceptable nominee:
2.1. Roe v Wade (abortion).
2. 2. Lawrence v Texas (gay marriage).
2.3. ACLU v Reno (internet pornography).
2.4. Santa Fe v. Doe (school prayer).
2.5. McCreary County v ACLU (ten commandments).
3. Good nominees would include: Emilio Garza, Michael McConnell, Edith Jones, Chris Cox, and William Pryor.
MEANWHILE: the rumor mill...
"Sources say that Judge Priscilla Owen of the 5th circuit, Judge Michael McConnell of the , J. Harvie Wilkinson of the 4th circuit, Judge Edith Jones of the 5th circuit and Judge Edith Clement of the 5th circuit and Judge Karen Williams of the 4th circuit had interviews with Bush.”
Bush won’t pick anybody he hasn’t interviewed. And if he interviewed them, it means they’ve also been vetted.
What should the president do with these candidates?
Edith Jones: Yes—see the links at ConfirmThem.
McConnell: Cautious yes—He’s academia’s leading critic of Roe v. Wade, and strong on Religion in the First Amendment. He’s no liberal: any conservative who can resist the pressure of academia will likely resist the pressure of SCOTUS; cf. Scalia.
Williams: NO—with her Democratic husband she’s an excellent bet to come to DC and lose both her principles and her accent.
Owen: NO—reported here at ConfirmThem to be pro-Roe; her sympathy for parental notification does not change this. And she’s vulnerable to the Bush crony charge.
Edith Clement Brown: NO—see her answer to Senator Kennedy below.
Wilkinson: NO: he was Powell’s clerk on SCOTUS when Powell voted for Roe, and he regards Powell as his hero. NO WAY.
Edith Brown Clement: answer to Senator Kennedy’s question of 2001:
Question 2C: Do you believe the constitutional right to privacyencompasses a woman’s right to have an abortion?
Answer: The Supreme Court has clearly held that the right toprivacy guaranteed by the Constitution includes the right to have anabortion. The cases handed down by the Supreme Court on the right toabortion have reaffirmed and redefined this right, and the law issettled in that regard. If confirmed, I will faithfully apply SupremeCourt precedent.
GRENFELLHUNT: That’s not good enough.