The rumors are flying as to who Bush will announce tonight for his Supreme Court nomination. Receiving the most attention is Judge Edith Clement of the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Clement isn’t the strong conservative most of us would hope for and seems to be seen by most on the right as a risk due to the lack of a paper trail indicating her judicial philosophy. However, the Bush administration may be counting on her unanimous confirmation in 2001 to squelch any filibuster by the Democrats. If Clement is the SCOTUS pick to replace O’Connor, Bush may be saving the big battle for Renquist’s replacement. Or, as Conservatives have come to expect from their leaders, he could be cowering before the Liberal attack machine, repeating exactly what gave us the Supreme Court we have today.
The president is set to announce his Supreme Court nominee tonight at 9 p.m. ET, according to spokesman Scott McClellan.
The name of the nominee remained unknown. While many Republican strategists are anticipating that his choice will be Judge Edith Clement of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, other observers were cautious about speculating.
For more info on other rumored choices and Clements background see here: