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    :: Monday, September 26, 2005 ::
    RedState says:
    Word in legal circles is that Priscilla Owen is set to become the next justice appointed to the United States Supreme Court. Unfortunately, I have received reliable information late this afternoon that Karl Rove, among others, is making a last minute push for the President to consider Alberto Gonzales, despite previous assurances from inside the White House, Justice Department, and Senate that Gonzales was not being considered.

    ...Karl Rove “believes that Gonzales is conservative and, given the current docket, will have time to prove it before midterm elections.”
    That's not good enough. Conservatives got one good year out of Souter (see Rust v. Sullivan), and more than that out of Blackmun.

    The President might do better than Owen in terms of intellectual heft (Jones, Luttig) or the ol' Semper Fi spirit (Garza). But Owen is qualified and would make "the base" happy. Pick Gonzalez, or anyone who doesn't cause Chuck Schumer to split a gusset, and the base stays home in '06, Dems retake the Senate, Schumer dictates any '07 or '08 Court nominees, and the Dems retake the White House in '08. I can't believe Karl Rove doesn't see that, or doesn't care.

    :: David M. Wagner 2:42 PM [+] ::

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