President Bush Will Likely Pick New Supreme Court Nominee Soon

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 28, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 28, 2005

Washington, DC ( — President Bush is expected to make his next selection for the Supreme Court very soon and the announcement could come as early as Monday. After Harriet Miers withdrew her name from consideration, Bush said he would pick someone new in a "timely manner." With the president leaving on a foreign trip Thursday, he will likely have named someone by then.

Bush will not likely go back to the drawing board to find a new list of possible nominees after have vetted and met with many over the weeks leading up to the Miers nomination.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan ruled out an announcement on Friday, but several news reports indicate Bush will likely have an announcement before his Latin America trip.

Pro-life groups hope he will consider one of several pro-life appeals court judges with track records on abortion. That list includes Samuel Alito, Michael Luttig, Harvie Wilkinson, Edith Jones, Priscilla Owen and Karen Williams as well as Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan.

If Bush wants to go with someone outside of judicial circles, some Washington observers speculate he may go with pro-life Sen. John Cornyn, a former Texas Supreme Court justice. Cornyn would likely have an easy time getting Senate approval and his voting record is strong on pro-life issues.

Brad Berenson, a former staff member of the White House counsel’s office, told the Associated Press he thinks Bush will return to his pre-Miers short list. He also said he doubts Bush will pick someone Democrats favor but will try to find another nominee who can be confirmed more easily.

"My own view is that we probably will not get any of the individuals who are the very top of the Democrats’ hit list," Berenson said. "I think he’s going to try to repeat his experience with John Roberts – someone who can be confirmed without touching off battle royale."

Berenson told Reuters that he thought pro-life appeals court Judge Samuel Alito would be a good pick. Alito, described as a Hispanic version of pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia, would have the paper trail and judicial clout to calm skeptics.

"If you were looking for the person out there closely to John Roberts in terms of background and qualifications and likely reception by the public, you would probably turn to Alito," he said.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said that he hopes Bush won’t pick any appeals court judges that have come under filibusters from Senate Democrats. That would leave out Owen and Janice Rogers Brown.