Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Why Was Roberts Announced Yesterday? Just Ask Tim Russert

"President Bush had no control over when Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor would step down. But announcing her successor — and when — was his call.

In doing so in prime time Tuesday, Bush took advantage of his bully pulpit and news media cycles to argue that appeals court Judge John Roberts is the right choice for the nation's highest court.

Analysts said the timing was also designed to take media focus away from the troubles facing Bush's embattled adviser, Karl Rove.

Meet the Press host Tim Russert told anchor Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News that every Republican he had talked to on Tuesday said, 'Thank God the White House is changing the subject.'"

-- USA Today, July 19

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is quite a stretch, even for this site. If he waited until next week, you would have complained that he announced the nomination in order to divert attention from _____ (insert whatever topic the left wishes to club the President with today).

J.D.

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The above comment is nonsense.
Both the Right and Left -- and even Administration insiders -- have stated Bush used the Roberts roll-out to restore some shred of credibility following the exposure of Plamegate.
http://mediamatters.org/items/200507200003
The president has never before faced such a potentially lethal scandal that he would feel as inclined to divert attention from.
But you are right in one respect. Now that the leak on the dam has sprung, Bush may be grasping for additional diversion tactics in days ahead. We can expect both parties to continue to point them out until the Bush Administration becomes a mere diversion itself.

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JD, don't kill the messenger. JABBS was only repeating a legit comment made by Russert.

And like the above commenter suggests, left and right seem to agree that Russert was correctly reporting the buzz in the Washington air.

9:22 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Okay, let's stretch...

1. Over the last 30 years, it has on average taken presidents six weeks to announce a candidate.

2. Justice O'Connor said in her resignation letter that she will continue to serve until a candidate is confirmed by the Senate, easing pressure to get a nominee in place quickly.

3. Texas Senator John Cornyn (Republican) suggested more than a month ago that any court vacancy not be filled until early September to avoid a month of attacks during the summer recess.

4. Bush said July, 6: "This is a very important selection, and I understand its importance. I will take my time. I will be thorough in my investigation."

Hmmm... all signs indicate Bush has no reason to announce a nominee in mid-July, and in fact has plenty of reasons not to. Then McClellan starts to get roughed around at the press conferences and ta-da! We immediately get a nominee!

Stretch? Who knows. All I'm sayin' is don't go for it. Lets not be so quick to forget Rove.

11:08 AM  
Anonymous James Douglas said...

Dear American Dissident, wake up! Rove was forgotten two weeks ago. America forgets and your FBI file just keeps getting longer.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Given the White House's history of going after those who don't agree with them and the recent eroding of civil liberties, I fear you may be right about the FBI.

3:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Republicans confirm Russett's comments:

A July 19 Wall Street Journal article reported that White House advisers "urg[ed] the president to expedite his announcement to deflect attention from a growing scandal over the role of senior administration officials -- including political adviser Karl Rove -- in leaking a Central Intelligence Agency agent's identity to the news media in an effort to discredit critics of the White House's prewar Iraq intelligence."

According to the Journal, "'The Rove situation has accelerated it,' said a Republican lawyer who consults the White House on judicial issues. 'They would like to get something that will knock it off the front page.'"

6:36 PM  

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