President Bush Will Probably Pick New Supreme Court Nominee Monday

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 30, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 30, 2005

Washington, DC ( — President Bush appears to be ready to pick a new Supreme Court nominee on Monday to replace embattled White House counsel Harriet Miers. Bush officials consulted with some leading pro-life advocates over the weekend and several news reports indicated the president is looking at someone with a more solid judicial track record to replace outgoing pro-abortion Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

A Washington Post report late Sunday indicated President Bush was looking to gain support of grassroots pro-life advocates with his next pick after Miers sparked divisions. Some pro-life groups backed her but others were skeptical of her record.

The Post said some Republican sources told it that federal appeals court Judge Samuel Alito is the likely nominee.

If true, President Bush would be nominating someone who has argued for overturning Roe v. Wade and who is regarded as a pro-life advocate in the mold of Antonin Scalia.

Federal appeals court judges Michael Luttig and Alice Batchelder were also named as potential nominees by the Post sources.

Should Bush nominate Alito, that may allow pro-life groups to coalesce around the nominee, but Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has already indicated it could set up a bitter partisan battle. An Alito nomination would "create a lot of problems" he warned.

A Bush met with Miers over the weekend to discuss the nomination, leading White House officials spoke with some prominent pro-life advocates.

Janet LaRue, chief counsel for the Concerned Women of America said her group received a phone call and she told the Post she was pleased with what she heard about potential names.

"Alito and Luttig have always been at the top of our list," she said in an interview. "We think either of them would be a supreme pick. There isn’t a thing stealthy about them. They’ve got a long, proven record of constitutional conservatism."