Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Messy situation: Supreme Court nominee
It's going to be an interesting situation watching the nominees for O'Connor's old spot get put under a microscope. Trying to make this situation look pretty is going to be like putting lipstick on a pig.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, whom Bush appointed to the Texas Supreme Court, often is mentioned as a potential nominee. Bush, in a newspaper interview Monday, defended Gonzales, who has been criticized by conservatives.
"Al Gonzales is a great friend of mine," Bush told USA Today in a story for publication in Tuesday editions. "When a friend gets attacked, I don't like it."
Some congressional Republicans have cautioned against Gonzales, a close friend of Bush whom they believe isn't steadfastly conservative on issues like affirmative action and abortion.
The president said he will interview prospects himself after he sorts through candidates over the next few weeks, the newspaper said in a story posted late Monday on its Web site.
The president appealed to special interest groups running ads and mobilizing supporters for the anticipated fight over the Supreme Court nominee to "tone down the heated rhetoric."