Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Democrats Offer Three Possibilities To Replace O'Connor

During a meeting yesterday with President Bush, Democrat Senators offered three candidates to fill the Supreme Court Justice seat being vacated by the retiring Sandra Day O'Connor.

According to a story in the July 13 Washington Post, Democrats offered the names of three Hispanic federal judges and suggested that they could win broad Senate support. The three are Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, who was named a district judge by President George H.W. Bush and elevated to the appeals court by Clinton; Edward Charles Prado of the 5th Circuit, nominated to be a district judge by Reagan and named to the appeals court by President George W. Bush; and U.S. District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa of McAllen, Tex., nominated by Reagan.

The hour-long meeting in a study off the Oval Office was a first step in communications between Bush and Democrats. The next days and weeks will test Bush's willingness to seek "advice and consent" of Democrats on his nominee. It appears the president wants to avoid a Democratic filibuster.

According to the Post, senators in both parties say they prefer to hold hearings in September. But Bush gave no hint of his timetable and made no promises to share names in advance.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is good of them to actually attempt to constructively participate in the debate. However, I find it strange that somehow the Senate has been able to expand the role of advise and consent to now apparently include the nomination process, which is a power specifically given to the President. At any rate, at this point, almost anything that helps avoid a bloodbath has to be considered a good thing.

J.D.

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think the Democrats expect to be part of the nomination process. McClellan said they would, but we'll see.

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, the agreement signed by the 14 "moderates" indicated that they expected to be consulted in the nominating process.

J.D.

1:05 PM  
Blogger Pikkel Weezel said...

Thank god it's not up to them to make the nomination eh?

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought the "group fo 14" basically had the power to block a filibuster, as well as block the "nuclear option." And that's why they have so much power.

11:31 PM  

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