Court Watch

COURT WATCH….Didn’t I say yesterday that I wasn’t going to blog much about the Supreme Court until Bush actually nominates someone? Hmmm. I guess I really ought to ditch that charade pronto before someone starts keeping statistics on just what I seem to think the meaning of “much” is.

Anyway, I’ve been wondering about the whole Alberto Gonzales thing. His name is at the top of almost everybody’s list, but it doesn’t make any sense to me. After all, liberals hate him because of the torture memos and conservatives hate him because he isn’t conservative enough. He may be a personal friend of Bush’s, but he still seems like about the least likely candidate on the list. Why buy trouble with both sides of the aisle?

Today, though, Marshall Wittman has an interesting take on Gonzales:

Just consider what one member of the God-squad patronizingly said about the President’s pal,

“At the same time, they made it clear that they would not automatically throw their weight behind anyone the president names. Asked, for example, whether the Family Research Council would support Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales for a seat on the high court, Perkins replied acidly: “Our position on Attorney General Gonzales is, he holds great promise as an attorney general.”

Back in Crawford, them’s fightin’ words. What about it, Mr. President? There is some evidence that the right might be getting the President a little hot under the collar ? in Tuesday’s USA Today ?

“Al Gonzales is a great friend of mine,” Bush said in a phone interview. “When a friend gets attacked, I don’t like it.”

I don’t imagine that Bush’s advisors will allow him to fall for this transparent Wittmanesque ploy, but we can dream, can’t we? Wouldn’t it be great if Bush’s legendary stubbornness paid off for liberals for once? Just think: He nominates Gonzales. His Christian conservative base goes nuts. Liberals start waving around the torture memos. The White House puts the screws on and Gonzales eventually gets confirmed by a close vote. The Republican party is in tatters and liberals have a replacement for Sandra Day O’Connor who’s about as moderate as they could have hoped for.

But nah. It’ll probably be McConnell. Sigh.