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Old 09-25-2005, 02:39 PM
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Bush faces pressure to pick minority for Supreme Court

Bush faces pressure to pick minority for Supreme Court

Michael A. Fletcher and Dan Balz
Washington Post
Sept. 25, 2005 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON - As John Roberts sails toward almost certain confirmation as the 17th chief justice of the United States, President Bush faces conflicting pressures about how much race and sex should factor into his deliberations for filling the second vacancy on the high court.

With Bush poised to make another nomination as soon as this week, he is hearing growing demands to name a woman or minority to the vacancy created by the pending retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Republican political and legal strategists said.

Laura Bush twice has said that she would like to see a woman succeed O'Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court. A number of Latino group officials have publicly urged the president to name the first Hispanic to the high court.

But the pressure is also self-imposed by a president and White House that have made outreach to the Latino community among their most visible political priorities.

Hector Flores, president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, said the Hispanic vote helped re-elect Bush in November and that there could be political consequences for the Republicans if Bush twice passes over Hispanic judges in his first two court nominations.

"If the Republican Party wants to continue attracting voters to them, they're also going to have to deliver on the most crucial and important position in this country, which is the next vacancy," he said.

White House officials have said political calculations will have little influence on Bush's decision, but other GOP strategists said there is no way for the president and his advisers to insulate themselves from political factors. "Given that you're replacing the first female justice, issues of race and gender certainly have to be a factor at this point," one GOP official said.

Many conservative activists, however, are urging Bush to focus only on appointing the most reliable conservative to fill a vacancy that could tip the court's delicate balance on contentious issues such as affirmative action, the reach of federal power over states, and the role of religion in public life.

"I think things such as race and gender were much more important when we were breaking new ground," said Wendy Long, counsel of the Judicial Confirmation Network, a conservative group formed to campaign for Bush's judicial nominees. "I feel like we've broken through that ceiling. And that's liberating, because it allows people to be considered strictly on the merits."

While the president's choice could determine the direction of the court for the foreseeable future, it would also help define Bush's legacy. The religious conservatives who form the core of Bush's supporters are hoping for a justice who can be counted on to vote to limit, and eventually overturn, the right to abortion. At the same time, Bush has been at the forefront of trying to broaden the GOP's appeal among minorities and women.

"He is genuinely committed to diversity on the federal bench," said Brad Berenson, a lawyer who worked for the Bush administration for two years identifying and voting potential court appointees. "It was explicit. He wanted his staff to find qualified women and minorities."

Many of the women and minorities mentioned as possible candidates for the high court are regarded as committed conservatives. They include federal Appeals Court Judges Janice Rogers Brown, Consuelo Maria Callahan and Priscilla Owen and Michigan Supreme Court Judge Robert P. Young Jr., and Larry Thompson, general counsel of PepsiCo Inc., who served as the top deputy to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Speculation continues to swirl around the question of whether Bush will name Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Bush and Gonzales, the former White House counsel, have a close relationship, dating back to their days in Texas. But conservative groups have expressed opposition to Gonzales on ideological grounds, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., publicly recommended that Bush not appoint Gonzales.

Some Bush advisers believe the opposition to Gonzales makes his nomination a non-starter, but in this case Bush's relationship with the attorney general - not to mention the political dilemma that he would present to Democrats - may outweigh the groups' opinions.

Gonzales, perhaps more than any other prospective nominee, would split Senate Democrats, and Democratic strategists privately say that he could win confirmation without a bloody fight. Flores said Gonzales should be Bush's choice. "We think the attorney general is the best qualified," he said.

When he was nominated for attorney general, Gonzales was supported by several Latino organizations and prominent Democrats, and he has been gauging possible support within the Hispanic community, according to two sources.

Gonzales has been told, however, that apparent efforts to make himself more acceptable to conservative groups could compromise support among more liberal Latino groups. One person familiar with the attorney general's outreach said a Latino leader told Gonzales, "The community wants to be for you, but you're making it harder. You can't decide whether you want to be left of center or right of center. . . . You've got to be careful that (White House officials) don't try to paint you as so far right."

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Old 09-25-2005, 02:44 PM
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Conservatives openly push Bush on next court choice

Conservatives openly push Bush on next court choice

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy

Hearst Newspapers


WASHINGTON - As the White House narrows its list of potential nominees to succeed retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, social conservatives are pressuring the Bush administration to pick an "unapologetic, unequivocally moral conservative" for the job.

President Bush might announce his candidate for the O'Connor seat soon after John G. Roberts Jr. is confirmed by the Senate on Thursday to succeed the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.

After patiently backing Roberts, whom they view as a mainstream conservative, right-leaning activists and senators now want Bush to follow through on his oft-repeated campaign promise to pick judges in the mold of Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.

Where Roberts appears likely to take a more modest approach and probably would uphold the right to an abortion on the high court, both Scalia and Thomas are ideologically driven conservatives on such issues as states' rights, abortion and the role of religion in the public square.

By replacing O'Connor - a frequent swing vote viewed as more moderate than Scalia or Thomas - with hard-line a conservative, Bush could tip the court's philosophical balance on a number of hot-button social issues.

"In Roberts, we got basically a wash - a conservative [replacement] for a conservative that doesn't change the 5-4 quagmire of the court. This next position is the crucial one," said the Rev. Rob Schenck, president of the National Clergy Council. "We want a rock-solid moral conservative. We want an unapologetic, unequivocally moral conservative nominee because this is the one that truly matters for the future of the court."

Connie Mackey, vice president for government affairs for the conservative Family Research Council, said Bush nominated someone Rehnquist-like when he selected Roberts.

"Next time, we expect the president to nominate someone in the mold of Justice Scalia or Thomas," Mackey said. "We'd like to see someone that we feel a little bit more confident about their conservative roots."

In particular, conservative advocates say they are hoping for a nominee who will be on their side of such issues as abortion rights and religious expression. The court is expected to consider two cases that touch on abortion rights during its next term, set to begin Oct. 3.

"There are groups that are working quietly, and there are groups like ours that are working more visibly to persuade the president that his instincts are the right ones, and that he should stick confidently to those instincts and not be bullied by anyone," Schenck said.

Appeals are mostly coming behind the scenes, but some Republican senators are making their wishes known publicly.

Sen. Sam Brownback, R-
Kan., prefaced his Judiciary Committee vote last week to endorse Roberts' nomination by pleading with the administration for a nominee who has proven anti-abortion credentials.

Robert Bork, whose failed 1987 bid for the Supreme Court has become the symbol of bitter battles over high-court vacancies, said Bush should stick with the conservative candidate sought by his most loyal supporters.

"If the president decides to go with somebody who is moderate, he will not placate his enemies - they will attack him anyway - and he will disillusion his base," Bork said.

Bush is also getting pressure to replace O'Connor, who was the first woman to take a seat on the Supreme Court, with a female, black or Hispanic justice.

One possible contender - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales - could turn off many on the right who think he's too liberal on abortion rights. They point to his votes as a Texas Supreme Court judge to allow some ******** girls to obtain abortions without parental consent.

Conservative critics say those votes are a sign Gonzales would support abortion rights on the high court.

If nominated and confirmed, Gonzales would be the first Hispanic on the high court, giving Bush a chance to make history.

Other possible nominees include Larry Thompson, a former deputy attorney general who now serves as general counsel for Pepsico, and federal appeals court judges Janice Rogers Brown, Priscilla Owen and Emilio Garza. Thompson and Brown are black; Garza is Hispanic.


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Possible contenders

Alberto Gonzales | Attorney general

Larry Thompson | Former deputy attorney general who now serves as general counsel for Pepsico

Janice Rogers Brown | Federal appeals court judge

Priscilla Owen | Federal appeals court judge

Emilio Garza | Federal appeals court judge



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Old 09-25-2005, 03:16 PM
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Re: Bush faces pressure to pick minority for Supreme Court

I am confused about the Post article...no one has to 'pressure' Bush to promote women and minorities...he has done so throughout his career and more than any prez in history.

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Old 09-25-2005, 03:57 PM
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Re: Bush faces pressure to pick minority for Supreme Court

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Janice Rogers Brown has been a potential for quite a time now. pssst....Rove told me....shhhhhh!

pwr is right, there is NO pressure here, I think the lefties "in the know" are generating stories again. If and when a woman is nominated, their pompousness and self-righteousness will echo the empty heads of their readership. :D

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Old 09-25-2005, 05:20 PM
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Re: Bush faces pressure to pick minority for Supreme Court

methinks you boys are either ignorant of the way that editors set headlines for stories of this nature or you just have to lash out at anything that isn't in lockstep with your lunatic republican national socialist agenda.

The pressure referred to by the reporters doesn't mean that he's being strapped to a chair under bright lights and ordered to appoint a minority judge. It's just a simple literary device to give the story some cohesion as they cite the different sources petitioning the president or making public pronouncements about who they think should be selected.

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Old 09-25-2005, 05:33 PM
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methinks you boys are either ignorant of the way that editors set headlines for stories of this nature or you just have to lash out at anything that isn't in lockstep with your lunatic republican national socialist agenda.

The pressure referred to by the reporters doesn't mean that he's being strapped to a chair under bright lights and ordered to appoint a minority judge. It's just a simple literary device to give the story some cohesion as they cite the different sources petitioning the president or making public pronouncements about who they think should be selected.
contraire' mon frere'
I completely understand how the headlines are drawn. It's the uninformed readership that fails to take their ringleaders to task. Most Americans are lazy. "The Grabber" of a headline gets them through the first three paragraphs.
paragraph 1 = bashbush.
paragraph 2 = bashbush.
paragraph 3 = bashbush while confusing reader with crazy numbers and factoids.

Body of article will more than likely stipulate actual fact that directly opposes the headline which bashedbush.

last 2 paragraphs = bashbush in finale, in case some readers skip to end of article to get the jist after wasting their precious time on paragraphs 1 through 3.

Oh, I do indeed understand modern day leftist journalism. :cool:

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Re: Bush faces pressure to pick minority for Supreme Court

are we talking about the same article here?

i don't see any bush-bashing in either one of these articles and when did the Hearst papers join the left-wing? :D

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are we talking about the same article here?

i don't see any bush-bashing in either one of these articles and when did the Hearst papers join the left-wing? :D
I was actually speaking in generalizations but lets take the wording of the washington compost article.
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WASHINGTON - As John Roberts sails toward almost certain confirmation as the 17th chief justice of the United States, President Bush faces conflicting pressures about how much race and sex should factor into his deliberations for filling the second vacancy on the high court.The highlight in red leads the reader to insinuate that Bush is conflicted and is having trouble making up his mind.

With Bush poised to make another nomination as soon as this week, he is hearing growing demands to name a woman or minority to the vacancy created by the pending retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Republican political and legal strategists said. Demands is a strong word used here to indicate that Bush has the liklihood to give in to pressure and also indicates that he never had the thought originally.

Laura Bush twice has said that she would like to see a woman succeed O'Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court. A number of Latino group officials have publicly urged the president to name the first Hispanic to the high court. This attempts to place Bush at odds with his wife, in the event he names a male appointee.

But the pressure is also self-imposed by a president and White House that have made outreach to the Latino community among their most visible political priorities.
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The facts of the matter are: Bush has already stated that he will make his determination based on the quality of the individual and will not be based by quota.

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Old 09-25-2005, 07:22 PM
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Re: Bush faces pressure to pick minority for Supreme Court

maybe in Karl Rove's Rat-Runner's Handbook those words and phrases have those kinds of subliminal 'push' to them, but the Washington bleep's article looked pretty bland to me.

i don't see anybody hollering for a Native American judge to be appointed. Y'zat?


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