The White House trial balloon: Alito, Luttig or Cox?
White House sources have been sending the names of Judges Samuel Alito and Michael Luttig to ConfirmThem as the president's shortlist for the Supreme Court. Intense discussion continues over Chris Cox, now head of SEC.
What's going on is very clear. The White House is sending up a clear trial balloon, endeavoring to avoid the mishap of the previous nomination. The White House does not want to get blind-sided twice in a row (Roe?).
So I've posted a poll to see whom bloggers would tell the White House to pick. Although the trial balloon from the White House seems to focus on Alito/Luttig, it seemed good to see how many bloggers preferred Cox to either of them. I've given brief descriptions; much fuller data can be found at ConfirmThem.
1. Samuel Alito is 55. He is best known for his dissent in Casey--nonetheless, White House sources deem him unlikely to reverse Roe. Some bloggers think Casey proves otherwise. Senator Arlen Specter is said to support him and be a key ally. Alito has a BA from Princeton, a JD from Yale, worked for the Reagan Justice Department, and is on the short list of Robert Bork.
2. J. Michael Luttig is 51. He has a BA from Washington and Lee, a JD from University of Virginia. He clerked for Scalia duing Scalia's time on the Court of Appeals, then clerked for Warren Burger, and finally worked for the Bush 41 Justice Department. He is said to be personally close to both Scalia and Thomas; he is also on Robert Bork's short list.
3. Chris Cox is 53. He holds a BA from USC, and a JD and an MBA from Harvard. He served for two years as associate counsel to President Reagan involved with selecting federal court judges. Then he served 17 years as a US Congreessman and compiled a 100% pro-life voting record. He has been vigorously promoted for the Supreme Court at the National Review. He is currently head of the SEC.